Colonel Lee Busby is a retired Marine Infantry Officer and former Tuscaloosa businessman. He is a lifelong Tuscaloosa resident educated in the City’s public schools and a UA graduate with a BS in Economics & International Finance.
As a Marine, Busby served with numerous infantry units, a Force Reconnaissance company, flew as a supporting arms coordinator in the backseat of the OV-10 Bronco’s, commanded an Infantry Battalion, was Deputy Chief of Staff for Marine Forces Europe (91 countries) and served twice as Vice Chief of Staff for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, the largest command in the Marine Corps. His awards include: Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star (Iraq), Joint Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Service medal and numerous lesser personal and Campaign awards. He is a military certified parachutist and combat diver.
On the business side, Busby worked as a retail financial investment manager for global, national and local firms. International business experience includes Business Development for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Europe. He served in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the 3-man executive team for DynCorp International executing the company’s $270 million contract to train the Afghan Army, followed by assignment to DynCorps’ Washington headquarters as Sr. Director, Training Programs for the company’s Training & Intelligence Solutions division.
Colonel Busby has four adult children, all educated in the Tuscaloosa City School system. He is a newcomer to politics, appearing on a ballot for the first time in Tuscaloosa’s Oct. 2019 Special Election to fill the District 4 City Council seat.