Mayor William E. Cooper

Mayor Cooper Welcomes You to Enterprise
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Welcome to Enterprise, Alabama, also known as the City of Progress. We are a thriving community founded on the principle that with the right mix of people, adversity can easily turn into diversity.

We are home to a mix of business, agriculture, and industry. Our community has a rich military heritage thanks to our close relationship and proximity to Fort Novosel, the Home of Army Aviation. Our 28,000+ person population allows us to provide a quality of life that integrates a small-town atmosphere with urban vitality.

Although we consider the Boll Weevil Monument a whimsical attraction, we also like to note the wonderful message that it transmits - that out of tragedy and adversity can come triumph and diversity if we work together with dedication and determination. 

About the Mayor

 In May 2017, William E. “Bill” Cooper became not only the 21st mayor of the City of Enterprise but the first black mayor of the growing municipality known as the City of Progress.

He was the first African American elected to the City Council and had represented District 1 for 28 years, having been elected seven times.

For more than 43 years, he served as band director at Coppinville High School, which later became Coppinville Junior High after integration, and at Enterprise High School, where he was assistant band director. He retired in 2005 but returned to serve the Enterprise School System as an administrative assistant for several years.

The son of Robert J. and Marie Cooper Sr., and Dorothy “Momma Dot” Cain, Mayor Cooper grew up in Dothan. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School at age 16, and later graduated from Alabama State University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in music education. He also holds an AA Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision. Mayor Cooper was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Selma University in May 2024.

In 1963, Cooper came to Enterprise, where he met and married Celestine Moore. He and his bride of 43 years had three children, William “Spud” Cooper Jr., Pamela C. Lane (Calvin) and Robert J. Cooper III (Nicole). The family also now includes five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.