County & Local Governments

County Government

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is responsible for the management of county government and a number of special districts. The five supervisors are elected by district to four-year terms by the citizens of Jackson County, Mississippi. There are no term limits. Board members serve residents in districts of different geographical size, but each district has approximately equal population.

The Board's primary duties include:

  • Adopting an annual budget
  • Establishing the annual property tax rate
  • Setting policies, goals and objectives to direct the county's growth and development
  • Adopting and providing for ordinances, rules and regulations as necessary for the general welfare of the county
  • Carrying out other responsibilities as set forth by Mississippi state statutes

At the beginning of each year, the Board chooses from its members a president and a vice president to serve during the following year. The president presides at Board meetings and signs documents in the name of the county. The vice president substitutes when the president is absent.

Jackson County, Mississippi’s county seat is Pascagoula.

For more information on Jackson County, Mississippi’s government structure please visit the Jackson County Board of Supervisors website »

City Governments

Pascagoula
The City of Pascagoula has a Council-Manager form of government that consists of seven elected officials and a City Manager.  The City Council and Mayor select the City Manager to implement daily administrative duties required by the community. The City Manager is in charge of all City departments.

Pascagoula is Jackson County, Mississippi’s county seat.

Moss Point
The City of Moss Point is served by an elected mayor as well as elected Board of Aldermen comprised of one alderman for each of the six wards and one alderman at large who represents the entire City.

Gautier
The City of Gautier has a Council-Manager form of government that consists of seven elected officials and a City Manager.  The City Council and Mayor select the City Manager to implement daily administrative duties required by the community. The City Manager is in charge of all City departments.

Ocean Springs
The City of Ocean Springs is served by an elected mayor as well as elected Board of Aldermen comprised of one alderman for each of the six wards and one alderman at large who represents the entire City.

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