About City Manager Kevin Cowper
Kevin Cowper has more than twenty-eight years of experience in city and county government in Alabama and Florida. He began his career in 1991 as a Planner in Shelby County, Alabama. As Planning and Zoning Director for Baldwin County, Alabama Kevin helped establish a countywide planning and zoning program. He then oversaw an integrated community development program as Pensacola's Community Development Director. Kevin has served as Assistant City Manager / Chief Operating Officer for the City of Auburn since 2007 where he oversees the City's Development Services and Public Services Business Units.
Kevin holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Alabama. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the certifying organization for professional city planners. As a member of the International City/Council Managers Association (ICMA), he is a graduate of the ICMA Emerging Leaders Development Program and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. He has served as a member of the Task Force on Financing ICMA and the Conference Planning Committee. As a member of the Alabama City/County Management Association, he has served on the Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President-Elect, and President (2017 to 2018).
As a certified city planner and credentialed city manager, Kevin is a visionary, innovative leader focused on meeting community needs in a sustainable manner. Kevin has significant experience in city planning, community development, downtown and neighborhood redevelopment, public finance, infrastructure development, capital budgeting, and economic development. Throughout his career, Kevin has been a strong advocate for strategic planning, linking budgets and capital improvements to strategic action plans. Kevin has a passion for maintaining downtown as the heart of the City and worked extensively in both Pensacola and Auburn to improve the vitality, usability, appearance, and charm of those downtown areas.).
Having completed the Leading, Educating, and Developing Program (LEAD) through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, Kevin has embraced the High Performing Organization model. During his time in Auburn, he was instrumental in re-shaping City's organizational structure into high performing functional business units to strategically meet the needs of Auburn residents by improving the collaboration and efficiency of departments responsible for the city's infrastructure, development services, and core city services.
Kevin has been married to his wife Jenny for thirty-one years and they have two daughters: Emily, a recent graduate of Auburn University; and, Carolyn a student at the University of Alabama. Kevin and Jenny enjoy traveling and cooking together. They are members of Auburn United Methodist Church. Kevin is an avid runner.