Mayor Errick D. Simmons is the first African-American male and the second African-American mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, where he received the highest percentage (74%) of the popular vote ever received by a mayoral candidate in Greenville.
In 2007, Mayor Errick D. Simmons began his career in municipal government. Before returning home to Greenville to start his municipal government career, Simmons graduated second in his class at T.L. Weston High School in 1995, second to his twin brother and law partner, Mississippi State Senator Derrick T. Simmons, who is the Senate Minority Leader for Democratic Party. Simmons later studied at Jackson State University, where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration in Economics in 2000. In 2002, he received a Master’s in Arts in Economics from Howard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 2005.
Currently, Simmons serves as a member of several local, state, and national boards and organizations, to name a few: President, Mississippi Delta Mayors Association, 1st Vice President of Mississippi Municipal League (MML), Vice President of Delta Council, Mississippi Economic Council Board of Governors, Boys Scouts of America, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington County Economic Alliance Board of Directors, Greenville Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Annie E. Casey Applied Leadership Network, life member of NAACP, life member of Magnolia Bar Association, life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., member of Mississippi Association of Justice, Mississippi Bar Association, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, and Chairman of Washington County Democratic Party. Simmons is a certified municipal official who has completed all three certification levels (i.e. basic, advanced, and professional) of the Mississippi Municipal League’s Certified Municipal Official Program.
In the Christian spirit of unity, Mayor Simmons pushed a message of “One People, One Goal, and One Greenville” to promote unity and foster togetherness when he became mayor in 2016. The community has taken on the call to unify and work more collectively for a better Greenville. Keeping God as the center of his administration, Simmons first initiative was a faith-based one entitled, “Worship on the Water” where faith-based leaders across the Mississippi Delta joined him for such announcement. Worship on the Water is a nationally recognized, interfaith, interracial initiative that fosters community and promote unity on the fifth Sunday, of every month purposed on bringing people together regardless of racial identity or religious affiliation. Simmons states, “Psalm 100 demands us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. On the fifth Sunday of every month, residents and citizens come and worship at the water on our levee front to make a joyful noise together in corporate worship. Folks are not restricted by the color of their skin nor confined by their churches’ addresses. We come to exalt God as one community.” Worship on the Water received the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2017 City Livability Outstanding Achievement Award presented by President Bill Clinton.
Simmons later announced the City’s first ever re-entry program entitled, Greenville Re-Entry and Training Program (GREAT), a program aimed to hire and train returning citizens throughout the City. The City of Greenville hired its very first returning citizen on March 1, 2018. Under his administration as first-term mayor, Greenville has announced more than $110 million in local, state, and federal investments including the announcement of a $40.1 million new federal courthouse; a $9.1 million redevelopment of the Sears, Roebuck & Company building to include a boutique hotel, microbrewery, downtown restaurant, and butcher shop.
In August 2018, an estimated 100 new jobs were announced through economic development projects. Nufarm announced 68 manufacturing jobs with a $20 million investment, the first such announcement in Greenville since Textron in 2004. Tru by Hilton announced an 84 room hotel with 30 jobs with an estimated $10 million investment.
Some other accomplishments in his administration are worth noting:
• Announced the Reserves at Ed Gray, a $6.1 million housing development project for low to moderate income families where the City donated a city park to create safe and affordable housing
• Held Model Contractor Development Program in collaboration with Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Development Authority, Gene Finley with CompuRecycling Center, Inc., and other county and state partners
• Held first-ever Delta Emerging Small Business Conference in collaboration with U.S. Small Business Administration, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, and other county and state partners
• Held City’s first ever Small Business and Brunch (B&B) in partnership with CompuRecycling Center, Inc., and other local, county, and state partners
• First in Mississippi to offer Manufacturing Skills Basic Course in high schools in collaboration with economic development professionals and educational institutions
• Announced Medical Pipeline with Greenville Public School District and Delta Regional Medical Center;
• Held National Night Out in partnership with Rural LISC and MACE
• Held Gas for Guns event in an effort to obtain as many guns off the streets.
• Began Early College with Mississippi Valley State University;
• Held Delta P2P, an 8th grade technology and career expo for over 2,000 public, private, and parochial school 8th graders in the Mississippi Delta;
• Created the City’s first-ever Homelessness Committee to address homeless in the community;
• Formed Greenville Community Collaborative Volunteer Group to help raise awareness and provide support to residents in need
• Began 2nd Grade Extravaganza for second graders in public, private, and parochial schools to learn how your local government works for you
• Started city’s first-ever reentry program in partnership with Rural LISC and WCEA;
• City has an EPA sanitary sewer project of more than $65 million to fix aging infrastructure
• Spent over $16 million on sewer and infrastructure repairs;
• Began first-ever Fire and Police Junior Kids Academies;
• Increased Parks and Recreation funding from $190,000 in 2015 to $600,000 in 2018, a 300% increase in his administration;
• Received $13.1 million dollars in airport improvements with roundtrip commercial air service to Dallas and Atlanta.
Simmons, his twin brother, and their firm cheerfully give to the community. Among several other things, the Simmons family sponsors an annual Christmas Toy Give-a-way, providing toys to nearly 600 needy children and families annually. To date, Simmons family has held their toy giveaway for nine consecutive years serving more than 5,000 children. Additionally, Mayor Simmons financially contributes to both Jackson State University, Howard University, and faith-based, charitable, civic, and social organizations. He is a mason and member of the Greater Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi where Mark S. Buckner is pastor. He and his wife, Dr. Temika M. Simmons, have three children, Errick, Eriel, and Elin.
Simmons is unopposed for his second term as mayor which begins January 1, 2020.
The Mayor’s Youth Council provides high school students in the Greenville, Mississippi area an opportunity to LEARN about city government, VOLUNTEER with community organizations, ADVISE the Mayor on youth-related issues and PARTICIPATE in special events and projects as requested by the Mayor.
Students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades from all six area high schools (Greenville Weston High School, Greenville Christian, St. Joseph Catholic School, Washington School, Riverside High School, and O’Bannon High School) are eligible to become members. Applications may be obtained from City Hall or principals in September of each year.
The council meets the third Sunday of the month in City Hall and participates in various city events.
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Submit your problem, complaint, or question to the Action Line! An attendant is manning the Action Line Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Here is how:
Stop by the front desk of City Hall.
Call the Action Line at 378-1534.
Submit your problem by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When a citizen calls with a concern, our Action Line clerk will log the request into a new citywide software system and the appropriate department will be notified to address the problem. The caller will receive a tracking number to call back and check on the status of their request. Examples of a service request may include: broken garbage cans, potholes, abandoned vehicles, trash and litter, overgrown lots or dilapidated structures, etc.
The Go Greenville Internship is designed to encourage current college juniors and seniors who graduated from a Greenville high school to gain real-world experience through interning with a Greenville area business. Offering a dynamic and hands-on introduction to the daily operations of a Greenville area business, the Go Greenville program pairs each intern with a company that matches his/her field of study. Interns will work closely with a supervisor on ongoing projects and responsibilities.
Training is integral to the interns' experience. In addition to developing practical work skills, interns will participate in a leadership cohort with other Go Greenville interns. This cohort will meet throughout the 10 week program to develop leadership skills and attend guest speaker sessions with Greenville area professionals. We try our best to match intern’s area of study with the host agency’s work, but we cannot guaranty this in all cases. Once acceptance decisions are made, applicants will be informed of their placement agency.
This program is offered by the City of Greenville in partnership with the sponsor businesses of Greenville.
This internship is limited to college students who will have completed their junior year by the beginning of the internship and are on course to graduate within a year. Applicants must be graduates of a Greenville high school, including: Greenville Weston/T.L. Weston High School, Greenville Christian, O’Bannon High School, St. Joseph High School, Washington School and Riverside High School. College seniors may apply, however they must also have graduated from a high school in Greenville. Applicants are also required to take a pre-employment screening. High school students, college freshmen and sophomores, and two year college students are NOT eligible to apply.
Dates and Compensation
Length: 10 weeks, May 29th – August 4th
Full time: Five days, 40 hours per week at host organization, plus
April 28th Application and resume due
May 19th Successful applicants will be contacted on May 19th, 2017
May 27th Orientation
May 29th Internship begins
August 4th Internship Ends
Procedure for Ceremonial Documents
The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the issuance of ceremonial documents including proclamations and certificates of appreciation/recognition.
A. Requests for Recognition Criteria:
The Mayor’s Office will consider a request for a proclamation or certificate of appreciation/recognition from any group or individual, as long as the request has some type of local relevance and/or promotes activities taking place in the City of Greenville. All requests are subject to approval by and prepared on behalf of the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee. The general criteria for the issuance of these types of recognition are:
Issues with widespread community interest or concern, with a primary emphasis on requests that are in support of city goals and objectives
Recognition of a local, civic organization, group or individual achieving outstanding or significant accomplishments
Acknowledgment of significant events or celebrations
B. Ceremonial Documents:
Certificates of Appreciation/Recognition may be issued for the following (not an exhaustive list):
Eagle Scout achievement
School or sports groups achievements
Individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the community
Information required: A summary of the achievement or an overview of the years of service or specific contribution to the community.
Proclamations may be issued for the following (not an exhaustive list):
Organizations contributing to the economic development of the City
Issues with widespread community interest with a primary emphasis on requests in support of city goals and objectives
Significant community based events
Significant anniversaries of Greenville based institutions, corporations, community partners, and non-profit organizations
Fundraisers benefiting the citizens of Greenville
Information required: A brief history of the organization or a description of the purpose, goals, motto or theme of the event is required to complete the proclamation. If funds are to be raised, who will benefit from the event, and what will take place during the time of celebration/recognition, including dates and times.
C. Receiving Requests:
To start the ceremonial document process an individual or organization must first submit a written request. Written requests should be sent to the attention of the Mayor on the standard application.
All requests must be received at least fourteen (14) business days prior to the event to the address listed on the Request for Ceremonial Documents Form.
All requests will go through an internal review and approval process. The Mayor and the City Council reserves the right to determine the appropriateness and the type of document to be issued based on the information provided by the requesting individual and/or organization. Submission of a request, does not guarantee the issuance of a ceremonial document. All requests must include the name and daytime phone number of the contact person.
Submitting a draft with your request of the document desired will expedite the process considerably.
Please specify whether the document should be mailed, held for pick-up, or presented at a special event or City Council meeting. Documents will be presented at special events pending the availability of the Mayor, his/her designee or other city officials to honor such requests.
Presentation at a specific City Council meeting must be approved in advance by the Mayor.
Only one ceremonial document will be issued per event.
D. Other Types of Presentations:
The City will also, on occasion, issue other types of formal recognition, including plaques at special events, or a Key to the City as determined by the issuing official. The City Manager’s Office will be responsible for the coordination of these events.
Volunteer in Greenville!
Volunteers help Greenville move in the right direction
Dear Editor: Now about to complete my first year as Greenville’s mayor, I have been greatly encouraged by the positive attitudes and renewed community spirit of our citizens. Since my election, many people have asked me what they could do to help improve our city. It is my belief that God provides every individual with certain gifts of service. Adults and children alike are fully capable of providing some form of service to help our many local organizations and the projects they sponsor. Just to name a few: The Salvation Army, The Red Cross, the Chamber & Economic Development Center of Washington County, Main Street Greenville, Boys and Girls Club, Keep Greenville Beautiful — and the list goes on. In addition, there are many events that the City of Greenville and Main Street Greenville also sponsor such as the Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival, the Fourth of July activities, the Delta Hot Tamale Festival and the Christmas Parade. However, many of these organizations need more volunteers who are willing to devote their time and talents to the many worthy projects that promote and benefit our city. The residents of our town provide a great resource from which much can be accomplished if we work together for the common good of our community. If you are one of those people who have either asked or thought the question “What can I do to help?” you can become a member of a corps of volunteers formed from the citizens of Greenville who lock arms, hold hands, and do whatever it takes to see our town move forward, together. As your mayor, I take great pride in representing our town locally and across the state. I sincerely feel that the people of Greenville have a renewed sense of pride and desire to see our community revived and rise to new heights. First let me thank those men, women and children who have worked as volunteers for past events and made them such a success. To those of you who would like to become a volunteer, I ask you to seek out and sign up with one of the many organizations or events which help our less fortunate residents or which promote our city. By taking advantage of any opportunity to volunteer your time and talent, you will most assuredly be helping to make Greenville a better place to live and work. John Cox, Former Mayor of Greenville
These organizations need your help.
Organization Phone Number
The Salvation Army (662) 378-8070
American Red Cross (662) 378-3245
The Chamber & Economic Development Center of Washington County (662) 378-3141
Main Street Greenville (662) 378-3121
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County (662) 332-8945
Keep Greenville Beautiful (662) 378-1650