Mayor’s Office


Mayor Jason Shelton is a lifelong resident of the City of Tupelo and a product of the Mississippi public education system, having attended Tupelo High School, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

After practicing law in Tupelo for more than a decade, Jason was elected as the first mayor in the history of Tupelo from "East Tupelo."

During his time as mayor, the City of Tupelo has overcome many hardships, and also has been highly acclaimed as a 2015 All-America City and as the Mississippi Municipal League 2015 Overall Excellence Award winner.



From Mayor Jason Shelton

BBQ Duel - A Great Success

We had great success kicking off the festival season here last week with the Tupelo BBQ Duel on the city’s front porch at Fairpark.

More than 94 cooks rolled in their grills and expertise for the four-day event, which ended Sunday afternoon. This year added a new event, which I hope will become a Tupelo tradition – the St. Patrick’s Day and Tupelo BBQ Duel Kickoff Concert. Hundreds of people came to Fairpark to enjoy good food, fellowship and entertainment.

This St. Patrick’s Day portion of the event evolved after a couple of younger people approached me and asked why other cities have St. Patrick’s Day parades and events, but Tupelo had none.

Thanks to the organizational skills of award- winning volunteer Bev Crossen, Mary Morgan-Brown, Sam Waters, Clayton Asters, Melanie Deas, Bill Deas and Doyce Deas we were able to turn Thursday evening into a great time for those who came out to help with this benefit for the Link Centre and the Tupelo Community Theater.

By Friday morning, local and out-of-town barbecue experts began to set up their grills and tents. While we walked through the crowds, we heard many compliments about the set-up for our contestants, the cleanliness of our grounds and the beauty of Tupelo.

Some of our visitors said they took the time to go to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and other places of interests, while others said they enjoyed what our downtown had to offer – just a few steps away. Everyone we visited said they look forward to returning to Tupelo to visit and compete next year.

These comments and the efficiency of the BBQ Duel speak volumes to the hard work of the people at the Link Centre, who put this together as their annual fundraiser; the volunteers who worked all the booths and the City of Tupelo employees – many of whom volunteered – who work every day to ensure our city runs smoothly.

If the Tupelo BBQ Duel is any indication, we have a great festival season lined up this spring and summer. I hope to see each and every one of you at our events.

Administrative Offices

Mayor's Office

Jason Shelton, Mayor, Phone: 662-841-6513 Fax: 662-840-2075

Lynsey Vanstory, Administrative Assistant to the Mayor

Chief Operations Officer

Don Lewis, Chief Operations Officer, Phone: 662-840-2059 Fax: 662-840-2075

Sandy Shumaker, Chief Operations Officer's Administrative Assistant, Phone: 662-840-2059 Fax: 662-840-2075


Leesha Faulkner, Communications Director, Phone:662-231-5802 Fax: 662-840-2075


Ben Logan, City Attorney, Phone: 662-841-6513 Fax:662-840-2075

Sandy Shumaker, Legal Office Administrative Assistant, Phone: 662-840-2059 Fax: 662-840-2075


Terri Blissard, Grant Administrator, Phone: 662-841-6565 Fax: 662-840-2075

Retirement Information

Ora Baldwin, Retirement Director, Phone: 662-841-6553 Fax: 662-840-2075

Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association

Debbie Brangenberg, Phone: 662-841-6598 Fax: 662-680-9759

Mailing Address:

Downtown Tupelo / Main Street Association

P.O. Box 468

Tupelo, MS 38802-0468