Jessie Whitley selected to lead Greenville’s Water Department



JANS – After a thorough search process that yielded 29 candidates, the Greenville City Council selected Jessie Whitley for the manager position in the Water Department. Born and raised in Greenville, Whitley attended Greenville Public Schools. After graduating from T.L. Weston High School in 1991, Whitley attended Mississippi Delta Community College and majored in Business Administration.

In 1997, Whitley graduated from Delta State University with a BA in Marketing. Whitley advanced his education by earning a Master of Business Administration from Delta State University in 2004. Since graduation, Whitley has worn many hats in his career.

From 2004 through 2012, Whitley worked in banking with Trustmark Bank, starting out as a teller and then advancing to a mortgage loan originator, then later as VP of Mortgage Loan Services. He then transitioned into non-profit work, serving as an Operations Manager at Mississippi Blood Services and later as Chief Financial Officer at Delta Foundation. He has also taught classes in marketing as an adjunct professor at Belhaven College.

Mayor Cox said, “I have personally known Mr. Whitley for over ten years. He has a solid educational background and employment history, which makes him highly qualified for this important city position. Also, I know him to be a leader in community affairs, family oriented, and of strong moral and ethical principles.”

“It is my honor to become the new Director for our City of Greenville’s Water Department,” said Jessie Whitley. “I genuinely love the Greenville, Mississippi Delta area. It is my home and the place where my education and professional capabilities were developed.

This distinguished position allows me the opportunity to actively give back and service the city that has blessed my family and I in more ways than words could every express.” Whitley will fill the vacancy left since November 8, 2013 when Korey Adams resigned to take a job opportunity in Little Rock, AR. The selection was made at the special council meeting in late December and Whitley will begin his duties on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.