Rock Star Employees

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The 5-Pointed Star represents the 5 qualities our Rock Star employees exemplify:

  1. Adaptability
  2. Communication
  3. Initiative
  4. Integrity
  5. Results Oriented
Our Employees
We would like to send our sincere appreciation to Danny Tate, Director, Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena, and his staff for their outstanding support during our first annual scholarship brunch in August 2019. Conference Event Manager, Lucy's hard work did not go unnoticed during the event. She was friendly, professional and welcoming.
~Tuskege Alumni Club, Shelby County
I would like to thank you for the great work Joel, who operates the truck which picks up the yard debris! He always does an amazing job and I appreciate it greatly and am impressed with his job performance! 
 Danny Barry
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to 911 Operator, M., for being the only one who stopped and ran to our car to render aid after my wife and I were were hit and in shock from the impact. She immediately called 911 and tended to my wife until the ambulance arrived and my wife was taken to the ER. M. volunteered to drive me home to get our other vehicle and go to the hospital. She is a person of great character who was giving of herself to do for others when she didn't have to.
~ A Pelham Family
My wife and I were visiting Birmingham last week and we had the pleasure of playing Ballantrae.  We found you on line and we could not have been happier with the experience.  The course was in great shape and the staff including the greens keeping crew could not have been nicer or more courteous.  We actually changed our plans so we could play a second round and enjoyed it just as much.
~ Randy Bury 

Employee Benefits Expo 2019!

Thanks to everyone who came out! It was great to see the employees, retires and the council taking part in the wellness screening, the benefit booths and costumes!

Ashley recently completed her course and earned certification as Magistrate through the Alabama College and Alabama Administrative Office of Courts. She is a great addition to the Municipal Court family. 


City Manager, Gretchen DiFante, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Leadership Trailblazer Award.  The Leadership Trailblazer Award recognizes leaders in local government who have championed and inspired other women to achieve as well.

The 2019 Leadership Trailblazer Award is sponsored by The League of Women in Government, an affiliate group of the International City/County Management Association representing women in local government. According to their website, the League serves as the umbrella organization to support local and statewide organizations that advance women to local government leadership. The League’s objective is to move the needle forward on the number of women serving at the most senior and executive levels in ALL areas of local government.

As part of the nominating process, Mayor Gary Waters wrote the following about Gretchen, “Gretchen DiFante is a change agent within an organization where change is difficult. On a good day, under ideal conditions, Gretchen’s job is difficult. On a bad day, under less than ideal conditions (internal and external opposition, push-back and reach in), her job is nearly impossible. Yet, she is fearless, committed and determined. Given that less than 20 percent of municipalities in the State of Alabama are managed by City Managers and an infinitesimally smaller number are managed by women, Gretchen has become the woman to watch in Alabama. In the short time Gretchen has been with Pelham, Gretchen has brought the Women Leading Government State Chapter to Pelham in conference. Her willingness to take a bold and leading role in the management and change of a municipality once known as a male-dominated bastion sets an inspirational example for all women to emulate. She has also pounded the Pelham gender employment playing field flat!”

Gretchen is bringing about a culture change throughout the city. By placing the right people in the right positions, the city is poised to serve its residents, businesses and visitors.  

Our Retirees

Dave McDaniel

If you have played golf at Ballantrae on Tuesday mornings, you have met one of the kindest individuals you will ever meet in Dave McDaniel. Dave was born in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia Business School. He entered the Military as 2nd LT in the Artillery and served in Germany. In addition, he served in Vietnam as Captain and received a Bronze Star. The Bronze Star Medal is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

After his Military service, Dave held a Management position with JCPenney retiring after 37 years. Since retirement, he has enjoyed volunteer work, playing golf and traveling with his wife, Ortrun. They have been married 49 years with three children and six grandchildren. Dave was one of the first Starters here at Ballantrae when he started working part time on March 1st 2005. November will be his last month of employment as he retires from greeting and starting all the customers that play golf here at Ballantrae. His professionalism and warm smiles are priceless and will be truly missed by our staff and our customers. Thank you so much Dave for your 14 years of service to Ballantrae Golf Club and the City of Pelham!