Alderman John Helms

johnHelms Alderman John Helms


John is a second-term alderman for the City of Florence.  Has been a part of the significant progress the city has witnessed since his initial election. When he was elected the city faced a potential deficit city budget. Today, inspite of nationwide economic challenges, Florence is financially sound and is truly more prosperous than it was when he was first elected. Other key issues addressed during his time in office include progressive new developments on U.S. 49, improved residential and commercial ordinances to protect property values, and improvement of city water infrastructure to increase capacity.

John has over 30 years of experience in business management and economic development.  He is a member of the Council for Community Economic Research Executive Board of Directors, where he is the Chairman – elect.  He is also a member of the board of Directors for the Mississippi University Research Authority and the Mississippi Council for Educational Technology.

In both the public and private sectors he has extensive experience in marketing, public relations and advertising.  He was an integral team member of the group that successfully led the site selection and expansion of multiple businesses ventures. Among his accomplishments is that he was the lead researcher for the State of Mississippi on its successful recruitment of Nissan North America’s Canton, Mississippi, and Toyota Manufacturing of Mississippi, Blue Springs, Mississippi, assembly plants.

John is the Director of Information Technology for the Mississippi Development Authority.  He has planned, organized and implemented local, regional, and national marketing and advertising campaigns.

John is married to the former Dre’ Wissner, an educator in the Rankin County School District and, a fifth generation resident of Florence, and has four sons, John III, Will, Logan and Holden.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Mississippi, and a Masters of Science Degree in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi.