Mayor Mealor was first elected to the City Commission in 1988 and served 12 years before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000. He served four terms there. He was reelected Mayor in 2008 and has served in this capacity since then. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees. He also served in the United States Army and was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation medal. He is the recipient of numerous state and national awards.