Mayor Paul South
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Paul grew up in Arab, Alabama, and graduated from Arab High School. He attended the University of Alabama, where he met his wife, Jan Rudder South. The couple moved to Jackson, Alabama in 1977 and later had three children, Carrie, Laura and Will.
Paul worked in the grocery industry in management before moving to Jackson and going to work for Allied Paper, which is now owned by PCA. He worked at the mill for 38 years until his retirement.
Paul was first elected to the Jackson City Council in 1992, where he served in District 2, Place One until his election as Mayor in 2016. He served for 16 years as Mayor Pro Temp. Paul served on Jackson Water and Sewer Board for 15 years, During his tenure he served as Chairman and managed the construction of a 6.2 million dollar water facility. He served at various times on every city Board – Library, Recreation, Airport, Port, Industrial Development Board, as well as the Planning Commission. He presently serves as Chairperson for Clarke Mobile Gas, has chaired Black Belt Energy, and currently sits as Chair of Lower Alabama Gas.