|Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi|
April 24, 2014 – July 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Chokwe Lumumba|
|Succeeded by||Chokwe Antar Lumumba|
|Born||March 17, 1978|
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern Mississippi|
Jackson State University
Elementary school principal
Tony Tarzell Yarber (born April 16, 1978) is an American pastor, educator and politician in Jackson, Mississippi. In April 2014 he was elected as Mayor of Jackson in a special election following the death in office of Chokwe Lumumba. A native of Jackson and experienced city councillor, Yarber is noted for his passion for youth causes, and has been described as "a consensus builder". He was succeeded as Mayor of Jackson by his predecessor's son Chokwe Antar Lumumba on July 3, 2017.
Career and personal life
Yarber received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.S. in Education Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University. He has taught school and served as an elementary school principal. Yarber served as a committee member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In August 2016, a lawsuit was filed by Yarber's former executive assistant Kimberly Bracey, who accused Yarber of firing her when she turned down his sexual advances. Yarber denied the allegations.
Yarber is a founding member of Alignment Jackson, a non-profit organization for improving student achievement.
He was the second Vice-President of the Mississippi Black Caucus of Locally Elected Officials.
In 2009, Yarber entered city politics, running for the Jackson City Council from Ward 6. He became City Council Vice President in 2011, and President in 2012. In 2013, Yarber served as Chair of the Budget Committee, and the Education/Youth Ad Hoc Committee.
Yarber stated that his goals as mayor will be to improve customer service for residents, and to attract new business Yarber also discussed Jackson's potential for growth as an entertainment hub, and as a "medical corridor" .".
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