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City of Tupelo

Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. It is also the seventh-largest city in the state.

Tupelo's mayor is Jason L. Shelton. The Tupelo Council is made up of seven members. The President of the Tupelo City Council is Mike Bryan. Other council members are Markel Whittington, Lynn Bryan, Travis Beard, Willie Jennings, Buddy Palmer and Nettie Davis.

In 2013 Davis was elected by the council as President. Through that election, Davis became the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. The council presidency rotates annually. Davis has served on the council for four terms.

Mayor Jack Reed did not seek reelection to the city's highest office in 2013. Attorney Jason Shelton, a Democrat, was elected mayor on June 4, 2013, over council chairman Fred Pitts, a Republican.

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Municipal courts, sometimes called “city courts,” hear cases involving violations of municipal ordinances. Most often, these courts hear speeding tickets and other traffic violations. However, these courts also hear codes violations such as dogs running loose, high grass or other violations of city ordinances that seek to ensure the public safety and welfare.

Presiding over the court are Judge Jay Weir and Judge Willie C. Allen

The Tupelo Finance Department is responsible for managing all the city's fiscal affairs. The department provides financial and management information, control, and guidance to the mayor, City Council, department heads and agencies.

Services provided include accounting, administrative services and financial reporting, investments, debt management, tax and other revenue collection. Staff also assist in development of processes and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The Chief Financial Officer / City Clerk is Kim Hanna.

Tupelo police officers are expected to patrol their assigned area, either by car or on foot. They apprehend criminals or crime suspects, stop crimes in progress, and assist people who are in trouble (such as complainants in domestic disputes or emotionally disturbed homeless individuals). They investigate crimes and crime scenes, collect evidence, and interview victims and witnesses. They help find missing persons and handle cases of alleged child abuse . They help identify and recover stolen property, and they testify in court as necessary. They also keep detailed records of their activity by filing reports and filling out various forms.

Bart Aguirre is the police chief.

The City of Tupelo Department of Parks and Recreation strives to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Tupelo by providing professionally designed comprehensive recreation and leisure programs and services.

To accomplish this mission, the Department:

Provides diversity in programming opportunities to meet the changing needs and interests of users.

Maintains safe, well-managed facilities and programs to ensure opportunities for participation by all.

Fosters the development of knowledge, interests, and behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Encourages the development of positive attitudes regarding participant and sportsmanship.

Offers programs and services at a cost that is affordable to all.

Alex Farned is director of Parks and Recreation.

The fall of 1990 marked the opening of the regional shopp ing mall, The Mall at Barnes Crossing and the City of Tupelo's purchase of the former Downtown Mall property which was in the design phase of a 14 million dollar re-development project to convert the former mall into a coliseum and conference center in downtown Tupelo. The face of retail activity in downtown Tupelo was going to change and company was coming to downtown. What would this mean to the area? Would downtown Tupelo be able to capitalize on this new development or would the project become a stand alone destination in downtown Tupelo? Business leaders determined that these two milestones should be embraced but additional measures should be taken to maintain the importance of Tupelo's central business district and its place in the local economy.

Research led business leaders to the initiatives of the Mississippi Downtown Development Association who through a newly created Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA), would provide technical assistance to member towns, which focused on issues embraced by the 4-Point Approach of Main Street – Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring, designed to match resources available in local communities.

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, an award winning program for the state, has garnered many successful initiatives. Among those initiatives has come the redevelopment of the former fairgrounds property, Fairpark, a progressive mixed-use expansion of the downtown central business district, the Tupelo Elvis Festival, the Downtown Tupelo Farmers Market and Chili Fest. Additional initiatives include the continuation of the CDF Christmas Parade, now the Reed's Tupelo Christmas Parade; a weekly e-news letter, promotional partnerships with retail merchants, educational seminars on design, technical design assistance, and a master landscape design plan for Main Street that will begin implementation in 2009.

Over the course of the 19 year program, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association in partnership with local business owners, individuals the City of Tupelo and Lee County has seen over 89 millions dollars in private construction investment and 43 million dollars in public construction and infrastructure investment in the downtown district. The association has seven working committees with a staff of four.

Click Here to go to Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association's website.

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