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Mayor’s Office

Welcome from Mayor Cox

On behalf of the City Council, I would like to welcome you to the City of Greenville, MS.

Mayor John Cox speaking to a crowd about his plans for Greenville at the Swearing In Ceremony on October 25, 2012. Judge Vernita King Johnson (left) of the Washington County Youth Court, delivered the oath of office. John’s wife, Lynn Cox, stands by his side in support. Photo courtesy of Sarah Kramer of the Delta Democrat Times.

The largest city in the Mississippi Delta, with over 35,000 people, Greenville truly is the ‘Heart and Soul of the Delta’.  Located along the Mississippi River, Greenville has a thriving port and state of the art bridge that connects Mississippi and Arkansas.

Greenville has a rich culture and deep history that has produced literary giants William Alexander Percy, Shelby Foote, and Julia Reed. Our newspaper, the Delta Democrat Times, was recognized with the highest honor when publisher, Hodding Carter II, won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage during the Civil Rights era. Not to be outdone, Greenville is home to many famous blues musicians who got their start on Nelson Street. From Mississippi Slim to Eden Brent, the blues is king in Greenville. Even country music star, Steve Azar, infuses his southern tunes with a helping full of blues.

Learning about Greenville’s culture and history you’ll work up an appetite. But not to worry, Greenville’s got you covered. Southern cooking is more than fried chicken and greens (though Buck’s and Jim’s restaurants serve up a great plate lunch). Delta cuisine also includes hot tamales of ground beef wrapped in corn meal and sealed within a corn husk, available throughout Greenville. And if you’re looking for the best steak in the country, you simply must visit Doe’s Eat Place, ranked one of the best steaks in America by Food Network.

While visiting Greenville, take time to explore our many museums including: 1927 Flood Museum, Greenville History Museum, Old Fire House Museum, Winterville Mounds, and Greenville Arts Council.  While exploring Greenville, don’t be surprised by the hospitality you encounter here — it’s just part of what makes Greenville special.I trust that our website will provide you the information you need to become familiar with our community. You are also invited to contact me or the officials of the Greenville City Council regarding any matter that you wish to discuss. We can each be reached at (662) 378-1501.

Whether you traveled by river, road, rail or plane (at our very own Greenville Mid-Delta Airport), we are glad that you are here. I want to thank you for choosing to join the Greenville family. Welcome!




John H. Cox, III
City of Greenville, Mississippi