Mayor Sheldon Neeley
City of Flint
Mayor Neeley was elected on November 5, 2019 based on his pledge to bring transparency and fiscal responsibility to Flint City Hall.
Mayor Neeley's commitment to public service started in 2002 when he joined the Flint Civil Service Commission, a board that investigates claims of wrongdoing at City Hall. In 2005, he was elected to the City Council, the first African-American councilperson elected from the 6th Ward, a racially diverse area serving Flint’s central west side. Re-elected in 2009 and 2013, Neeley successfully passed ordinances to curb truancy and establish University Avenue by renaming the main corridor between the University of Michigan-Flint and Kettering University.
In 2014, the residents of Flint elected Neeley to the state House of Representatives serving the city’s 34th District. Neeley won nearly 50 percent of the vote against a pool of eight Democratic primary candidates and went on to nab 91 percent of the vote in the general election. He went on landslide re-election victories in 2016 and 2018.
Mayor Neeley earned an associate’s degree from Delta Community College and attended Saginaw Valley State University.