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Executive Team

Safiya R. Omari, PhD, Chief of Staff

Safiya R. Omari, Chief of Staff
Safiya R. Omari, PhD, Chief of Staff

Safiya R. Omari, Ph.D. currently serves as Chief of Staff for Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. She served as Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs and an Associate Professor of Social Work and Health Sciences at Jackson State University prior to accepting her current position in Mayor Lumumba’s administration. Prior to her employment with Jackson State University, Dr. Omari served as Chair of the Psychology Department at Tougaloo College. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Northeastern University, and her research interests include mental health, effects of gender, race, and culture on health behaviors and psychological well-being, violence against women, and discriminatory stress.  Dr. Omari has published and presented nationally and internationally in these areas and she has been honored on numerous occasions for excellence in scholarship and teaching, and for her work in the larger Jackson community. Dr. Omari has always identified herself as a scholar/activist and continues to work with a number of community groups to address social justice and mental health issues. She also served as Chief of Staff for the City of Jackson under the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. She currently serves as an officer and member of several non-profit boards. Dr. Omari is the proud mother of three children and has six amazing grandchildren.

Marlin B. King, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer

Marlin King, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), came to the City of Jackson in December of 2019 where he served as the Deputy CAO.  In his role as Deputy CAO, King assisted the CAO in the daily management of an organization of over 2,200 employees and a budget in excess of $350 million dollars.  He has more than 15 years of experience in various administrative positions in the public and private sectors.  Prior to his employment with the City of Jackson, King served as Director of the Historic Preservation Division with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he created a new unit focused on working with communities to develop strategies on maximizing their historic resources for economic development and identifying available funding opportunities for those communities. King also previously served in various capacities at Tougaloo College, Alcorn State University, and Jackson State University. His extensive experience in long term strategic planning and organizational transformation is an important asset to Mayor Lumumba’s vision of transforming the City of Jackson into a 21st Century intelligent city, through his economic model of human dignity.

Trained as an architect, King received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology/ Architectural Drafting & Design in 1999 from Jackson State University and his Master of Architecture from Morgan State University in 2002. King strongly believes that the built environment plays a crucial role in enhancing people’s lives and transforming communities.   He has witnessed this firsthand, working on projects in Baltimore, Maryland, Jackson, Mississippi and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  King has actively worked with youth in various mentoring capacities one of which was developing a summer camp focused on architecture and planning for high school students while at Jackson State University for the Margaret Walker Center.  In addition, he taught elementary students architecture for the Fusion STEM summer camp at Cade Chapel M.B. Church, where he is a member and has served on the usher board for over 30 years. He is also active in various masonic bodies under the jurisdiction of the M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge. King is thankful that Mayor Lumumba asked him to serve in this capacity with his fellow Jacksonians and co-workers.

Timothy Howard, City Attorney

Tim Howard CIty Attorney
Timothy Howard, City Attorney

Attorney Timothy Howard serves as legal advisor and attorney for the City of Jackson.The mission of the Office of the City Attorney is to provide legal assistance and representation for the City of Jackson and its boards and commissions. Activities of the Office of the City Attorney include advising the Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, City Council, department directors, and other City employees; prosecuting misdemeanor complaints; attending City Council meetings and serving as legal counsel during such meetings; supporting the legislative and administrative processes involving ordinances, litigation, contracts, legal research, legal opinions, and liens; and representing and defending the City's legal interests and rights before all judicial, legislative, and administrative tribunals.

The Office of the City Attorney does not provide legal advice to members of the public. The Office of the City Attorney is limited to providing legal advice, counsel, and representation to the Mayor, City Council members, City officials, and departments in all civil matters regarding the City of Jackson.

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