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Alderman Garsheo "Gus" Black

Gus Black is a proud husband, father and businessman. He is a decorated 30 year Marine and combat veteran who has served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Afghanistan, and two combat tours of duty in Iraq. He is married to Oretha Black, who retired from the Marine Corps after 22 years of honorable service. In October 2005, Gus and his family moved to Richland, Mississippi.

Alderman Black has three children, Tiffany, Ashly, and Garsheo Jr.
Gus' children Ashly, and Garsheo Jr. are 2007 and 2008 graduates of Richland High School and served honorably in the Marine Corps for 5 years. Gus currently has four grandchildren, Kendall, Garsheo III, Marissa, and Leon.

Gus is an active member of FBC Richland. He is employed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center where he is the Division Chief of the Reach back Operations Center. Gus has an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Gus Black knows what it takes to find solutions and navigate complicated government agencies in order to get things done for the community.


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Marine Veterans

Gus served honorably for 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. His Wife, Oretha, served 22 years. Gus' children Ashly and Garsheo Jr. served 5 years respectively.

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Mississippi District Exchange Club

Gus is the president of the Mississippi District Exchange Club. The Mississippi Exchange Club's mission is the prevention of child abuse.

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U.S. Army Corp Engineers

Gus currently works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is the Operations manager for emergencies.

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City Accomplishments

Fire Department
  • New Equipment: Thermal Camera, Jaws, Staff Vehicles
  • Paid off 2010 Fire Station II early
  • Additional manpower each shift for better protection
Water Department
  • New Water Tower
  • New Water Lines (2020) Old Hwy 49, Scarbrouch Circle, Diane Drive, and Cedar Lane
  • New Water Meters
  • Sewer Rehab
Street Department
  • New Paved roads
  • Fixed and replaced multiple culverts
  • Dug and cleaned out the city ditches
  • New LED lighting for streetlights
Building Department
  • New Churches: Grace Baptist, Gospel Chapel
  • West Rankin Sanitary Sewer Treatment Plant
  • Anytime Fitness expansion
  • KLLM New Medicial Clinic
  • New Phone Service (CSpire)
Community Center
  • Strength & Stretch Class, Nighttime Line Dancing, Crochet Class, Bible Study
  • Special Events: Father/Son Campout, Cars & Coffee, Re-vamped Halloween Haunted House
  • Christmas in the Park
  • 49 Fest now in Summer (May) & Fall (October)
Park & Recreation
  • New Eastside/Westside Playground Equipment
  • Upgraded walking trail lights to brighter LED lighting
  • Added shade structures at Westside Park Playground
  • Soccer teams (all age groups)

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Economic Growth

Alderman Gus Black is actively looking to bring in new businesses to the economy.

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Clean Water

Alderman Gus Black is a member of the Mississippi Rural Water Association because he wants Richland residents to have clean drinking water.

Child Development

Alderman Gus Black deeply cares about Richland's youth. He is committed to improving youth facilities like the Richland Community Center.


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We need to start giving back to our city, and help grow our city by bringing in more revenue. Growing our city is going to take leadership. I am a proven leader having lead more than 100,000 Marines. I know what it takes to be a leader. Leadership starts from the top.
Richland, if you re-elect me as your Alderman, I will dedicate myself to serve in the best interest of our city. I love Richland, and I love our country. May God bless you, our city, and our country.