Meet our Board of Directors




Ronald A. Mims

Ronald Mims is the pastor of Green Liberty Baptist Church and former general manager of the Birmingham Water Works. He currently serves as President of the Titusville Ministerial Alliance and is a member of the Greater Titusville Civitan Club, along with the Titusville Development Corporation. He has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, in addition to having received Birmingham’s Top 40 Under 40 recognition. Mr. Mims received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.




Brenda J. Dickerson, Ph.D.
First Vice Chair/First Vice President

Dr. Brenda Dickerson, a graduate of Spelman College and Michigan State University, is a retired dean from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She served as assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and worked as a senior administrator at Southern University, New Orleans. She is currently president of the Citizens' Coalition for a Better Birmingham. She has distinguished herself as an administrator and an activist related to the concepts of transparency, accountability and full disclosure in city government. She has received numerous awards including Harvard Dean's Excellence in Service Award and Harvard Black Alumni Association's Exceptional Service Award. She was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow and a Harvard University Administrative Fellow. She was the recipient of the Birmingham International Center Motivating Woman Award. Dr. Dickerson has served on the Fulbright Fellowship Selection Committee, the Manual Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service Selection Committee, and the Innovations in Government Committee. She was also a Stockholder for the Harvard University Cooperative Society. She has served on several Boards including the NAACP. She has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia and Europe. Dr. Dickerson has four children and three grandchildren.




Deborah Clark
Second Vice-Chairwoman/Second Vice President



William R. Muhammad

William R. Muhammad is a product of the Birmingham School system. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling. He is the founder and chair of the Committee to Save Jefferson County. He is a former state representative and Birmingham Minister of the Nation of Islam. He has been a community activist for 34 years. He is presently an adjunct professor at Alabama A&M University teaching psychology.




William “Butch” Burbage, Jr., C.P.A.
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Mr. Burbage is 1975 Graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree, with a major in Accounting & Finance. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Shelby County Commission where he began his employment in January, 1996. He is the only person to hold this position for the Commission. He is charged with the responsibility of the oversight for all of the primary financial activity of the Commission. Mr. Burbage is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) registered in both Alabama and Oklahoma. He is a member of both the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. Before beginning service to the Shelby County Commission, he served in various finance and accounting positions in the corporate environment for both local and multi-national corporations. With over 21 years of current service to the Shelby County Commission and over 20 years of previous service in the corporate world, Mr. Burbage has a well-rounded background of experience in the financial arena.




Tommy Joe Alexander

Tommy Joe Alexander was elected as the Chairman of the Birmingham Water Works Board on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Chairman Alexander has an extensive background and knowledge in city government and management with over 45 years of experience. Chairman Alexander is a retired City of Birmingham Police officer where he served for over 15 years. He worked with the Jefferson Warrior Railroad for over 20 years as yard master for 10 years and manager for 10 years. He was also the Mayor of Irondale for 12 years and recruited the Auto Mall which is a major contributor to the City’s local economy. As mayor, he also managed 180 employees and provided city services to 13,000 residents including 3,500 customers of the Irondale Water System. Chairman Alexander looks forward to serving and providing high quality water to all customers in the Birmingham Water Works service area. He has been a proud Birmingham Water Works customer for over 29 years.




Lucien Blankenship, Esq.





Brett A. King, Esq.

Brett is a partner with King and Green, LLC, a law firm with offices in Blount County and Birmingham. Brett’s legal practice focuses on Personal Injury, Municipal, Corporate, Criminal, Real Estate, and Probate matters. He has served for the last ten years as general counsel for the Blount County and Pine Bluff Water Authorities. Brett’s undergraduate degree is from Auburn University (Chemical Engineering); he earned his Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Yale University. Brett received his law degree at The University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, and Blount County Bar Association, where he has served as President. Brett and his wife Danya have three children (Ella (8), Zeth (7), and Asa(5)). Brett is a five-time marathoner with a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon later this year.



George Munchus, Ph.D.

George Munchus is a Full Professor of Management in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business, as well as a member of both the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Greater Birmingham Black Chamber of Commerce. A long time scholar, Dr. Munchus earned his PhD in Management from the University of North Texas.