Strange graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama and received a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Montevallo. Prior to becoming mayor, Strange served as chairman of the Montgomery (Alabama) County Commission for nearly five years. He also served as former president, CEO and co-owner of Blount Strange Automotive Group where he managed hundreds of employees.
As former director of the Alabama Department of Commerce (formerly known as the Alabama Development Office), Strange coordinated many efforts that brought major industries to Alabama, including the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama's facility in Montgomery. He also served as former senior vice president of administration for Blount International, Ltds., former president and CEO at Blount Development Corporation and several leadership roles with South Central Bell Company (now AT&T).
Strange’s extensive involvement in the community includes chairman of the Capital City Club, member of the Board of Directors and former vice-chairman of the Montgomery Business Committee for the Arts, and chairman of the Board of Trustees at University of Montevallo. He was also former chairman of the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association, former president and campaign chairman for Montgomery Area United Way, former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation, former board chairman of the Montgomery’s Riverfront Development Committee, and former Chairman of the Montgomery Riverfront Alliance.
Strange has received numerous awards and honors for his visionary and progressive leadership. His awards include Business and Professional Women Boss of the Year, March of Dimes’ River Region Citizen of the Year, AUM Outstanding Community Leader Award, and Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award for Alabama.
He is married to the former Linda Davis. They have two daughters, Jennifer Strange Crumpton and Elizabeth Strange Burt.
Duties of the Mayor
The Mayor serves as head of the administrative branch of City government and holds the following responsibilities:
• Enforcing all laws and ordinances
• Appointing and removing all officers and employees of the City
• Exercising administrative supervision and control over all departments
• Keeping the Council fully advised of the financial conditions and needs of the City
• Preparing and submitting annual budgets to the Council
• Recommending actions to the council
• Setting salaries and/or compensations of appointed officers and employees of the City