March 21, 2024
Written by Mike Hobson

Photo L-R: Mike Hobson (Former Chairman), Renee Powers (ALGOP Vice Chairman, Districts 3, 6 & 7), Dale Ellinghausen (Treasurer), Jerry Pow (Honoree-Former Chairman), Senator April Weaver (Chairman), Walter Williams, Probate Judge Stephanie Kemmer, Valerie Cook (Secretary), Mike Oakley (Vice Chairman).


At their monthly meeting on March 21, 2024 the Bibb County Republican Party honored outgoing Chairman Jerry C. Pow, for his service to the efforts of the local GOP. Former Probate Judge Pow served as Chairman of the Bibb GOP from 2016 to 2024.

Pow was presented with a commemorative plaque marking his time as Chairman. He also was presented with an Alabama State Flag that was flown over the State Capitol in his honor and a resolution from Governor Kay Ivey, delivered by Incoming Chairman Senator April Weaver.

(L-R) Former GOP Chairman Mike Hobson, Judge Jerry Pow, Judge Stephanie Kemmer

Following the presentation members of the party present for the meeting, many of whom have been lifelong friends of Jerry Pow, spoke about his life of service to the community and their recollections of working with him.

Pow has served in numerous public roles during his career. He has been a member of the Brent Volunteer Fire Department since 1970, Brent Civitan since 1981, and Gideons since 1985. He has been active in Brent Baptist Church all of his life and continues to serve with volunteer civic and non-profit organizations in the county.

He was elected and served as the Mayor of Brent for 6 terms, serving 23 ½ years. He was appointed to the Office of Probate Judge in December of 2000, re-elected twice and remained in office until August 2015. He still serves as a special Judge of Probate when appointed by the Administrative Office of Courts.

Jerry graduated from Bibb County High School in 1968. He married Dina Pow in 1978 and has lived happily with her for 46 years.

Bibb Chairman April Weaver commented on the political and election successes that the GOP has enjoyed over recent years, under the leadership of Judge Pow and others who have served. For example, the March 4, 2024 statewide primary election had a better than average turnout of 23% of registered Bibb voters for an election with only one contested local race. Of the votes cast in the March 2024 primary 89% of the total were cast by Republican voters.