Councilman Joe Garris and his family are longtime residents of Gulf Shores, AL. Garris graduated from Foley High School in 1971 and attended Faulkner State for general studies. He then went to work in the family business, Garris Propeller and Machine Shop. The Garris family has since expanded their business into one of the biggest boat yards in the area.
Joe now owns and operates a charter boat service in Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. He will always tell you Gulf Shores offers some of the best fishing and boating along the Gulf Coast, and he should know; he has been fishing these waters for 40 year aboard his boat The Dottie JO.
Councilman Garris was elected in 2004 to serve his first four year term as a Gulf Shores Councilperson. He ran unopposed in 2008 and was recently re-elected to serve his third, four year term beginning in 2012.
He is an active member of the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
Councilman Garris is married to Glenda Garris. He has two children, Sonja Dale Gravitt and Robert Lee Garris. Dale is a graduate of Montevallo University she and her husband Christ have two children, Tanner and Blu. Robert is living his childhood dream working for the Gulf Shores Fire Department. He and his wife Stephanie have two children as well, Cora and Britten.