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President Biden appoints former Tupelo mayor to regional leadership role

Photo courtesy of Jason Shelton/Facebook.

Former Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has been appointed by President Joe Biden to a regional leadership role at the General Services Administration (GSA).

On Thursday, Biden announced five individuals that will be taking positions at the GSA and Department of Health and Human Services, which will serve to rebuild communities impacted by the pandemic, the economic recovery, and climate change.

Shelton, who will take on the role of GSA Regional Administrator for Regions 4 and 7, was elected as mayor of Tupelo in 2013. He served for two terms, managing over 500 full-time and 900 part-time employees, and superintended a combined annual budget of approximately $180 million.

During his time as GSA Regional Administrator, Shelton will oversee operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

“Extremely honored to join the Biden/Harris Administration as a Regional Administrator with the Government Services Administration!” Shelton wrote on Facebook.

In addition, Shelton has been a licensed attorney for 23 years, with direct legal experience as a civil trial attorney, criminal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and municipal attorney. Shelton is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Alabama and is admitted to practice in multiple state and federal courts.

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