Mayor's Office

Percy Bland

Mayor

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Percy was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The son of two former public school teachers, he was raised in Jackson and graduated from St. Joseph High School. Percy attended college at Xavier University of New Orleans, where he majored in chemistry and played collegiate basketball for four years. After receiving his B.S. in chemistry from Xavier, he worked for a year before entering the University of Southern Mississippi to earn his Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree.

Percy next worked for the Fulton County Health Department in Atlanta where he served as an epidemiologist in the Tuberculosis Control Department. Percy served as a caseworker in some of the poorest and most severely tuberculosis-infected areas in Atlanta. It was in Atlanta where he met his wife, Deidre, who currently works as a teacher at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center in the Meridian Public School System.

Percy returned back home to Mississippi to work at G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, where he served as the Human Resources Director and Marketing Director. Percy was instrumental in increasing revenues, efficiency, and production. Under Percy's direction, staff size increased within a three-year period from 45 employees at five locations to 145 employees at 14 locations. This health center went on to receive Joint Commission Accreditation, widely recognized as the highest achievement in medical facilities.

Percy moved to Meridian to helm a State Farm Insurance Agency. Through tireless efforts and cultivating a team that's dedicated to success, Percy's insurance agency is now in the top 3 percent of the over 18,000 State Farm agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

Percy Bland Is Dedicated to Meridian's Youth

Percy was honored to be an adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University-Meridian, in the Healthcare Administration Department during their first year of this new program. Percy has mentored countless young men and women within our Meridian Public Schools, served a lead role in our recent Dropout Prevention programs, and co-chaired the $19.5 million school bond issue. Percy has also coached numerous basketball and baseball teams within our community. Percy helped establish the Magnolia Youth Sports Association in 2011 and has given over 250 kids the opportunity to play various athletics. Percy also runs his own Summer Basketball Camp where over 110 kids annually learn from college coaches and professional players. Percy played a lead role in establishing the First Tee Golf Program here in Meridian, the first in the state, a unique golf program aimed at improving the quality of life of primarily inner-city children.

Percy Bland was elected Mayor of Meridian on June 4, 2013 and took office July 1. He was reelected for his second term on June 6.

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Percy was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The son of two former public school teachers, he was raised in Jackson and graduated from St. Joseph High School. Percy attended college at Xavier University of New Orleans, where he majored in chemistry and played collegiate basketball for four years. After receiving his B.S. in chemistry from Xavier, he worked for a year before entering the University of Southern Mississippi to earn his Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree.

Percy next worked for the Fulton County Health Department in Atlanta where he served as an epidemiologist in the Tuberculosis Control Department. Percy served as a caseworker in some of the poorest and most severely tuberculosis-infected areas in Atlanta. It was in Atlanta where he met his wife, Deidre, who currently works as a teacher at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center in the Meridian Public School System.

Percy returned back home to Mississippi to work at G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, where he served as the Human Resources Director and Marketing Director. Percy was instrumental in increasing revenues, efficiency, and production. Under Percy's direction, staff size increased within a three-year period from 45 employees at five locations to 145 employees at 14 locations. This health center went on to receive Joint Commission Accreditation, widely recognized as the highest achievement in medical facilities.

Percy moved to Meridian to helm a State Farm Insurance Agency. Through tireless efforts and cultivating a team that's dedicated to success, Percy's insurance agency is now in the top 3 percent of the over 18,000 State Farm agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

Percy Bland Is Dedicated to Meridian's Youth

Percy was honored to be an adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University-Meridian, in the Healthcare Administration Department during their first year of this new program. Percy has mentored countless young men and women within our Meridian Public Schools, served a lead role in our recent Dropout Prevention programs, and co-chaired the $19.5 million school bond issue. Percy has also coached numerous basketball and baseball teams within our community. Percy helped establish the Magnolia Youth Sports Association in 2011 and has given over 250 kids the opportunity to play various athletics. Percy also runs his own Summer Basketball Camp where over 110 kids annually learn from college coaches and professional players. Percy played a lead role in establishing the First Tee Golf Program here in Meridian, the first in the state, a unique golf program aimed at improving the quality of life of primarily inner-city children.

Percy Bland was elected Mayor of Meridian on June 4, 2013 and took office July 1. He was reelected for his second term on June 6.