Tupelo shaken (not stirred) as Shelton focuses on priorities

Mayor Shelton had no idea what challenges faced Tupelo when he began his term on July 1, 2013.

Jason Shelton‘s first year as mayor of Tupelo included violent shootings of law enforcement officers, a destructive tornado leaving behind millions of dollars in residential and property damage, encouraging recovery efforts and even finding ways to manage day-to-day local government functions.

The first-time elected official and first Democrat elected as Tupelo’s top executive in three decades spent time this week reflecting with Daily Journal politics and government reporter Robbie Ward. Not stuck too much in the past, Shelton also shared plans looking toward his second year including the upcoming budget process, consideration of public transportation, neighborhood redevelopment efforts and more.

Read Ward’s full-length story here about Tupelo government during Shelton’s leadership. No, we didn’t forget about the City Council. Read about the council’s first year experiences here.

Mayor Shelton asked council members to raise their hands if they had a good year.

Interested in Tupelo’s public transportation efforts? Ward 4 councilwoman Nettie Davis said the idea isn’t dead. Click here for the latest.

And what about Ward 6 councilman Mike Bryan? Find out here.

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