Meridian operates under the mayor-council or "strong mayor" form of government and has since 1985. The elected mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and is responsible for administering and leading the day-to-day operations of city government. The five-member city council, elected by wards, is the legislative arm of the government, setting policy and annually adopting the city's operating budget.
Council member since July 1985
Retired Professor Emeritus from Mississippi State University; Member and Sunday school teacher at Central United Methodist Church; Member of the Meridian Civitan Club and the Meridian Moose Lodge; Member of the Air Force Association and The Navy League; Past International President of Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Counseling Supervisor (ACS)
Tyrone Johnson is one of the newest members of the Meridian City Council. A native of Meridian, Johnson graduated from The Mississippi Job Core Center where he learned real world trade experience. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University.
Mr. Johnson, his wife Tcarro, and their five children attend Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He is an active member of the Mississippi Air National Guard and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
His family enjoys living, working, and going to school here in Meridian. Johnson welcomes the opportunity to make a difference in Ward 2, as well as the entire city of Meridian.
Born in the small town of Triplett, Mississippi, Fannie Johnson is the sixth of seven children born to Everette and Mamie Johnson. Johnson graduated from Louisville High School in 1980. She then joined the United States Army where she served until 1984.
After an honorable discharge, she was a reservist and government employee/contractor until 2001. Johnson moved to Meridian, Mississippi, earning her AA degree from Meridian Community College in Hotel and Restaurant Technology. She began her career working as a Security Sergeant at Rush Hospital. Continuing to live and work in the Queen City, Johnson was a mental health technician at Alliance Health Center, Dietary Manager at The Crossings and Food Service Director at the Lauderdale County Jail.
In July 2008, Johnson was appointed Director of Kitchen Operations at the Lauderdale Outreach and Volunteer Effort, better known as Love's Kitchen. She was named Executive Director in 2009.
Fannie Johnson has received numerous honors and awards, as well as acknowledgements for her work in the community. Johnson was given the MSGR John J. Burns Council 802 Community Service Award in 2013. In addition, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presented Johnson with the Reuben R. Little Outstanding Community Service Award. In 2015, she was a Meridian Community College Hall of Fame Recipient and the Junior Auxiliary of Meridian Humanitarian Recipient. Most recently, Fannie Johnson was the 2017 Meridian Star Citizen of the Year.
Johnson's work in the community includes her membership on the United Way's Women's Leadership Committee, The Weems Program Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT), as well as a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Lauderdale class. She also volunteers as a tutor for Meridian Public School district.
Using her skills of fundraising, public speaking, volunteer recruitment and management, just to name a few, Fannie Johnson has been an active member of this city. She joins the Meridian City Council with her vast experience, knowledge, and love for our community.
1998-Present - Shelter Insurance Company - Kim Houston Agency Meridian, MS - Licensed Multi-Lined Insurance Agent/Owner
2007-Present - Divine Destinies Travel Company - Cruise Specialist
1993-1997 - University of West Alabama Livingston, AL - Bachelor of Science, Business Management 3.2 GPA
1992-2002 - Life Underwriter Training Council Meridian, MS LUTCF (Insurance Designation)
First Lady of New Hope Blackwater Baptist Church; PTO President Oakland Heights Elementary; Founder of Upward Bound RadioMinistries; Past President National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA); Past President Meridian Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Former Big Brothers Big Sisters – Mentor; Career Women Meridian (CWM); Who's Who in Executives and Professionals-2002 Edition; East MS Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) – Former Ambassador; Available for speaking engagements
The newest member of the Meridian City Council, Weston Lindemann is a native of Meridian and a 2015 graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School.
Lindemann is working toward a dual degree in Philosophy and Economics from Millsaps College. In addition, Lindemann has served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
At present, he has taken a hiatus from school to serve in the Ward 5 City Council position. Here, Lindemann hopes to make a significant impact on the people of Meridian. He wishes to focus on progressive solutions to the challenges we face.
In his position as councilman of Ward 5, Lindemann hopes to work responsibly for a better Meridian.
City Council meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. and the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. at Meridian City Hall, 3rd floor auditorium.
Specially-called council meetings are set whenever circumstances call for immediate attention/action.
Meeting dates are subject to change (as needed) by council order.
To address the city council at a city council meeting, please complete the printable form found under "Resources" below.
If you would like a council member to speak at an event, contact the Clerk of Council to get this set up.