Mayor Sheldon Neeley

Sheldon Neeley was elected mayor of the City of Flint on Nov. 5, 2019. He previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 34th District, which includes most of the city of Flint.

Neeley grew up in Flint, attending Flint Northern High School before enrolling at Delta College, where he earned an associate’s degree. He then received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Saginaw Valley State University.

Neeley served as a Flint City Councilman for nine years, representing the 6th Ward, the most diverse area — economically and racially — in the city. He was the first African-American councilman to represent that ward.

Neeley also has worked as president of the local Nabet-CWA union and as a broadcast engineer for WJRT-12 TV. He also worked with the Civil Service Commission and as director of Flint City Junior Golf, founded by his father Sam Neeley. Neeley worked for 10 years in Flint Community Schools as a counselor.

Neeley is married to his wife of 22 years, Cynthia. They have two daughters, Taylor and Morgan, who are both in college.