THE MAYOR’S BIO
Mayor Gist works within local municipal government in various capacities. He began working for the City of Jackson as the executive director of the city’s recreation and parks department. He assumed the role of executive director of the city’s public works department in 1991. Mayor Gist was elected Madison County mayor in 2002, and in May 2007, he was elected the city of Jackson mayor. Mayor Gist was relected in May 2015 and is currently serving in his third term beginning on May 5, 2015.
Mayor Gist holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, a master’s degree in public administration from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of The Harvard School of Government. He is a U.S. Army veteran. Mayor Gist and his wife, Liz, have two children and four grandchildren.