The City of Muscle Shoals operates under the direction of Mayor David H. Bradford. David won election to serve as the second full time Mayor for the City of Muscle Shoals in August 2000.  He ran unopposed in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

The City of Muscle Shoals operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. This form of government most closely resembles the private sector with the Mayor serving as the Chief Executive Officer and the Council as the Board of Directors. The Mayor and council are elected at large for four- year terms.

The Mayor and City Council Members work as a team with the employees of the City of Muscle Shoals  to provide the citizens with:


David was born and raised in Colbert County and was educated in the local school system. He also attended the University of North Alabama majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science.

David was certified by the Alabama League of Municipalities in 2002 as a Certified trained Elected Municipal Official with over 90 hours of specialized training.  In 2007, received the advanced Certified Municipal Official designation.  In 2016, he obtained the Certified Municipal Official Emeritus designation for having received a minimum of 120 hours of Continuing CMO education.  In 2011-2012, he served as Vice- President of the Alabama League of Municipalities.  In May, 2012 he was elected to serve as the League's President.

Prior to his election David served as the Assistant Chief of Police. David was a 27-year veteran of the Police Department and received an appointment to and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He was the recipient of three commendations and one Governors Life Saving Commendation during his career. David received the University of North Alabama Political Service Award,  the Shoals Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award for 2002 and the State of Alabama "Local Dignitary Award for Employment of People with Disabilities" in 2003.  In 2006 David was named the Timesdaily "Newsmaker of the Year".  Mayor Bradford received the 2020 Public Service Award from the Alabama Electric Cities.

Mayor Bradford is currently a member of the following Boards and organizations: