Commissioner George Bowman (District 1)

Chair - Health and General Services Committee;  Primary Liaison to All governmental health related agencies other than the Jefferson County Health Department, Area Community based Non-Profits, Jefferson County Tax Assessors and Jefferson County Tax Collectors.



Major General (Retired) Bowman was born in Sumter, SC on February 16, 1948, the son of Leroy and Mittie Bowman. He grew up in Sumter, Orangeburg and Columbia where he graduated from C.A. Johnson High School in 1965.

Commissioner Bowman was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army in May 1969 upon graduation from S.C. State College and ordered to active duty in July 1969. After completing the Signal Officer Basic Course and the Communications Equipment Maintenance and Repair Course, he served as the Radio Relay Officer, Signal Center Platoon Leader, Communications Security Custodian and Commander, HHC for the 16th Signal Battalion, Butzbach, Germany, from 1970 to 1972.

In 1973 he was transferred to Korea. While at Camp Stanley, he was assigned as the Communications Officer, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery; and the Division Artillery Communications Officer, HHB, 2d Infantry Division Artillery; and at Camp Casey he was the Division Race Relations/Equal Opportunity Officer, HHC, 2d Infantry Division. In March 1974, he served as a Race Relations/Equal Opportunity Officer, 35th Engineer Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

In the Army Reserve from March 1978 to December 1985, he held various positions which include Radio Officer, HHC, 35th Signal Group; Operations Officer, MOB Plans Director of Reserve Components; Maintenance Officer, HHB, 4th Battalion, 17th Field Artillery; Controller/Evaluator, Atlanta Detachment, 2d Maneuver Training Command; Personnel Staff Officer and Plans Officer, 3d Army. In 1986, he was again ordered to active duty in the Army Active Guard/Reserve serving in a variety of command and staff positions which include Operations and Plans Officer, 3d Army; Personnel Management Officer and Branch Chief, Signal Branch, ARPERCEN; Program Manager, Retirement Points Accounting System, ARPERCEN; Chief, Retired Activities Division, ARPERCEN; USAR Advisor, Joint Plans/MOB Officer, FORSCOM; Chief, Plans Division and Signal Support Division Chief, 335th Signal Command; Deputy Commander, ARPERCEN. On 7 May 1997 he was selected to be the Deputy Commander, 311th Theater Signal Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland and was promoted to Brigadier General on April 9, 1998.

On October 17, 1999 he was selected to be the Commanding General, 311th Theater Signal Command and was promoted to Major General on October 6, 2000. He has served as a consultant to the National Museum of the United States Army. His last assignment on Active Duty was Assistant G-3, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Pentagon, Washington, DC.

He retired from the US Army and served as a Strategic Planner for the National Museum of the United States Army.

In Birmingham he served as a Branch Manager for Liberty National Life Insurance Company at the home office in Birmingham, AL.

He is married to Yolanda Young Bowman and makes his home in Birmingham, AL.

Decorations and Awards

Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal W/4th OLC, Army Commendation Medal W/2d OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal W/Service Star, Army Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/Hourglass Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon.


Shippensburg University, Masters Degree in Public Administration; South Carolina State College, BA in History; Signal Officer Basic Course; Signal Equipment Maintenance and Repair Course; Race Relations Discussion Leader Course; Signal Officer Advanced Course; Air Ground Operations - Battlestaff Course; Command and General Staff College; Reserve Components National Security Officer Course; United States Army War College.

Civic Affiliations

Current board member of Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority. Charter Member of Pi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Charter Senior Warden of William H. Scott Military Lodge No. 182 PHA; Member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.

Contact Information:

Jefferson County Commission
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North - Suite 240
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 214-5507
Fax: (205) 325-5950