George Bass

P.O. Box 929


(228) 863-1556 Phone

(228) 865-0822 Fax

     George Bass is the newly-elected Mayor of Long Beach, Mississippi.  He proudly serves the people of Long Beach with the vision of being the city with the highest quality of life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  His strong leadership guides initiatives to promote business-friendly growth, build infrastructure improvements to support growth and amenities that families want, and provide sound fiscal management of the city that is his heritage and passion.

     George’s greatest strengths are his strong leadership, problem-solving skills, and passion for service. With a 35-year record of service to the people of Long Beach, including 21 years as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, George brings significant and broad-based experience and knowledge to city leadership.   During his tenure as Fire Chief, he put in place the infrastructure, training, equipment and personnel necessary to lower the fire rating and subsequently save policy holders significant premiums.  He negotiated to increase employee health insurance coverage without increasing cost. He was widely recognized for his strong leadership skills in crisis and emergency management and recovery both during and after Hurricane Katrina and professionally handling millions of dollars of recovery projects.

     In addition to an Associate’s Degree from Louisiana State University, George has national training in Budget Management and Analysis and multiple levels of federal certifications in Incident Command Systems.  He served several years on the Board of Directors of the coast-wide Leadership Gulf Coast program after graduation from the program.

     George lives in Long Beach with his wife, Sherry, and they are happily involved in their son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren’s lives.  He is devoted to his faith and in his free time loves to “fix things,” visit on the porch, and cook for his family and friends.

      Goal:  I would like to grow the economy and tax base of the City of Long Beach and to embrace USM and the City of Long Beach as a “College Town.”   I want to work with the existing businesses to help build their business, in order to make it the best it can be.  I want to promote the Harper McCaughan Town Green and bring more visitors to the city.  I plan to work to make improvements to the Long Beach Harbor to enhance the harbor facility.  Long Beach has many delightful and pleasing qualities and I want other people and communities to be able to share the amenities we have to offer.