MONTGOMERY – Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr., will deliver the keynote address at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus summer commencement at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus.
Mayor Byard was first elected to the Prattville City Council in 1992. He was reelected in 1996 and was unanimously elected Council President by his fellow Council members.
Council President Byard was sworn in as Mayor of his hometown on June 18, 1999 at the age of 32. In 2000, Mayor Byard became the youngest mayor to be elected in Prattville's history. In 2004, Mayor Byard was reelected garnering 89 percent of the vote.
Mayor Byard served as the 2004/05 President of the Alabama League of Municipalities. He was the first from Prattville to serve as an officer of the League, whose membership is made up of 446 municipalities from across Alabama. He was Prattville's first office holder to be designated as an Advanced Certified Municipal Official. This designation is given by the Alabama League of Municipalities to elected municipal officials who complete 80 hours of voluntary study in city government policy and practice.
The Mayor's desire to serve the public is evidenced by his involvement with many activities which positively impact the “River Region.” Through his participation with these organizations, Mayor Byard seeks to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Prattville.
Mayor Byard earned a bachelor’s degree from Troy University, where he majored in political science with a double minor in business and sociology. The Mayor lives in the Daniel Pratt Historic District with his wife, the former Beverly Dent Allen, daughter Marylise, and sons James III and Richard. They worship at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.