Notable Projects

  • Created the "Round-Up" initiative as chairman of the Cullman Jefferson Gas board in conjunction with area mayors and board members which created consistent funding for the Link of Cullman County and Cullman Mental Health Board
  • Developed the "New Start Program," which functioned as a safe haven for transient and permanent homeless persons in our community. This was created in conjunction with the Cullman City Council, The Link of Cullman County, and the Cullman Area Mental Health Board 
  • Assisted in establishing local incentives for big-box retail development, industrial recruits world-wide, and the fascade improvement program after the tornadoes in 2011 
  • Helped research and author conservative legislation dealing with alcohol sales, licensing, and revenue for the first time in over 70 years since Cullman had legal alcohol sales
  • Navigated the City Budget as President of the City Council through the Great Recession, ultimately obtaining a higher bond rating 
  • Lobbied for the successful creation of the largest timber framed structure in Alabama that currently houses Cullman County Farmers Market
  • Started the Downtown Streetscape Project on Highway 31 and Highway 278 - Cullman


Professional Experience

  • Elected to the City Council - 2004- to present
  • Elected President by the Council - 2008 to present
  • Chairman of the Cullman Jefferson Gas Board - 2008 to present
  • Board member on Cullman Utility Board - 2010 to present
  • Chamber Board of Directors  - 2000 - 2004 
  • Graduate Leadership Cullman County- 2004 - 2005
  • Graduate Leadership Alabama - 2010 -2011
  • Alabama Retailer of the Year - 2016 Silver Award
  • Alabama Retailer of the Year - 2000 Bronze Award 
  • Cullman Area Tourism Award - 2014, 2015, 2016



  • Graduate Cullman High School - 1993
  • Attended Samford University on Scholarship - 1993- 1995
  • Graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Building Science, minor in Business  - 1998
  • Selected by University of Florida for working for the Library of Congress on the P:IN, Preservation:Institute of Nantucket

Garlan Gudger for Alabama State Senate District Four