Phone: (601) 845-1749
Address: 123 East Main Street
Occupation: Retired Librarian/Media Specialist Currently Pianist at Marvin Methodist Church
Getting to Know Me:
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the citizens of Florence for electing me mayor in the June 2013 election. After serving as an alderwoman on the board for ten years, it is such an exciting opportunity to serve as mayor. I love Florence and plan to do everything possible to make our wonderful city even more charming and convenient for our citizens. We are going to grow in good, positive ways in which we can all be proud. Even though this is a part-time position, you can be assured that I will be much more than a part-time mayor! I will leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping Florence become an even more wonderful place to live.
I have been married to David Clark for thirty-nine years, and we have lived in the Florence area for most of this time. David was the District Attorney for Rankin and Madison Counties for two terms and is now in private practice with our son, Brian. We have three children. Shelley is twenty-four and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She is currently a second year law student at Pace University in New York City. Brian is twenty-nine and is an attorney. He has a law office in the Railroad Center right here in Florence. Johnny Crowe, our foster son who came into our family when he was eleven years old and we had only been married two years, lives just south of Florence and has two children. We attend Marvin Methodist Church here in Florence. I have played the piano at Marvin for over thirty years. I especially love music and nearly majored in music before deciding to pursue a degree in education. When I met my husband David, I was playing the piano for a gospel quartet.
Education: Bachelors Degree from Belhaven College, Jackson, MS
Masters Degree from William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS
National Board Certified Teacher in Library Science
I worked with the Rankin County School System for a total of twenty-six years. During this time I taught grades three through eight. When I retired in 2013, I was the librarian at Florence Middle School. I loved living in the community in which I taught. One of the sweetest things to me is the sense of community that we have in Florence. I love seeing my former students in the Ramey’s or other local shops and hearing all about how they are doing.
In addition to teaching for many years, my husband and I were the first owners of the cable company which now serves Pearl, MS. We also owned and operated WKKE, a radio station located in Pearl, MS. We applied and got the license for both of these stations and built them from the ground up.
Mayor’s Youth Council
For many, many years I have been the sponsor of the Mayor’s Youth Council, a group of high school students who actively promote the city of Florence by participating in service projects, being responsible youth, and taking action concerning matters which will work toward development of Florence’s youth into responsible citizens. Some of the projects which we do are the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Thanksgiving Baskets for the residents of Falcon Crest, adopting a family for Christmas and sponsoring a float in the Christmas parade. The Youth Council also plans and helps implement Florence Day which is held on the second Saturday of November each year. I am so proud to be a part of this outstanding group of students. It is especially meaningful to me now that I am actually the mayor and sponsor of the “Mayor’s” Youth Council!
Issues which I am actively working toward:
- Florence is a growing, thriving city. I want us to grow in a positive way while retaining the charm and class of a beautiful southern city. To do this we must carefully plan today what we want our city to be like tomorrow. My personal plan this year is to do all my Christmas shopping in Florence. We have plenty of great shopping venues for all ages.
- The City of Florence web site is something that I have helped plan and implement. In the future I look forward to making it even more interactive and helpful to both visitors and the citizens of Florence. Keep looking at our site. There are many more interesting and fun things planned for it in the future!
- As with any growing city, traffic is an ongoing issue in Florence. Living on Main Street makes me very aware of this problem! I will continue to work with the other city officials to make sure we have safe roads in our city. Erlich Road is finally about to become a reality. This project has been in plans for years, and now it is actually here! Next we are looking forward to another extension which will connect Highway 49 to Williams Road.
- Sports are active and thriving in Florence! Finding enough land for these sports is a challenge as we have more and more children participating in these programs. I will work to find more land to accommodate all sports played in Florence. Drive down to Hemphill Park and look at some of the changes from the past few years. FloTown, a beautiful splash pad for our younger residents, is a welcome addition on the hot days of summer. It is available for birthday parties, community events, or to just go and cool off! We have a brand new playground, concession stand, and bathrooms. Currently work is being done to spruce up the baseball fields in the back section of the park. We have park employees, parents, and grandparents working hand in hand to make our park an even better place for the children of Florence to have good clean fun. We love our kids!