The citizens of Southaven, Mississippi, have enjoyed growth and prosperity during Ricky Jobes? tenure as Alderman. Since Mr. Jobes was elected in 1993, the city has grown 500 percent and now ranks as the third-largest in Mississippi. When Mr. Jobes took office, the number of residents stood at 9,000. Today, the population numbers 48,000. In addition to witnessing record expansion, the community also was designated a National Retirement City because of the high quality of life its citizens experience.
As part of his civic duties, Ricky Jobes approves the $70 million municipal operating budget. Under his fiscal direction, Southaven has attained solid financial footing. The Memphis, Tennessee, suburb holds a AAA bond rating, one of the highest in the country, and has built a reserve fund worth millions. Besides attending to budgetary matters, Mr. Jobes presides over staffing decisions and has screened and hired 300 employees since he joined the city. Mr. Jobes also supervises the work of committees and meets regularly with departmental leaders such as those from the Fire and Police Departments.
Outside of his municipal responsibilities, Ricky Jobes serves the community through his involvement with charities and nonprofit organizations. A supporter of Mississippi?s fire and police associations, he also contributes to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. In addition, he sits on the Board of the Mississippi School For Math and Science. In his leisure time, Mr. Jobes plays many sports, including golf. A talented baseball player in high school, he was named All State and All American.