Biloxi City Council

Biloxi City Council

 

Biloxi is a city on the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi. The city and Gulfport are the two county seats of Harrison Country. Biloxi has a population of about 46,500 people and is known for its casinos, seafood industry, and maritime. The City is home to a maritime museum, a seafood industry museum, a Beauvoir estate, and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boatbuilding and seafood processing. Biloxi was the third-largest city in Mississippi before it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, which led to many people leaving the area causing a decrease in the population but the City has gone through many rebuilding efforts and is as beautiful as ever.

 

About the City Council

The City of Biloxi is governed by leaders in a Mayor-Council form of government, with the leaders elected to the government every four years. The Council comprises seven members and they are elected, not from citywide elections but from seven separate wards for each seat on the council. These council members are responsible for setting the annual budget and approving city policy. The Mayor is however elected through a city-wide mayoral election and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of Biloxi City. The seven council members of Biloxi City are George Lawrence, Felix  Gines, Dixie Newman, Robert L. Deming III, Kenny Glavan, Nathan Barrett. and the Mayor is Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. The council meets regularly at the City Hall. 

 

The City Hall is located at 140 Lameuse St, Biloxi and it is both the City government office and an architectural attraction. This beautiful building was designed by James Knox Taylor and is a three-story structure built in the Classical Revival style of architecture with the classical lines still present.  City Hall was built in 1908 and was previously a U.S. post office, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and a customs house. The magnificent edifice is a testament to amazing craftsmanship with the building having no mortar between the slabs of marble and it has survived every hurricane in the area since the early 20th century like Hurricanes Camile, Betsy, and Katrina. The building exudes an architectural charm, grace, and beauty which has made it an interesting attraction in Biloxi, especially for architectural enthusiasts. The grand marble impressive building attracts visitors and people often walk from the casinos to tour the building. In 1978, the Biloxi City Council government office was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.