Mayor Frank E. Melton serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the TV-3 Foundation in Jackson. Mayor Melton served as CEO of WLBT TV-3, Inc. from 1984 to 2002, guiding the NBC affiliate to become the leader in local broadcasting.
His leadership transcends political parties and geographic boundaries. Four Mississippi Governors and two Texas Governors have recognized Melton’s leadership abilities. Most recently Mayor Melton served as Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, appointed by Governor Ronnie Musgrove in December 2002. Shortly after his election, Governor Kirk Fordice appointed Mayor Melton to chair the Governor’s Criminal Justice Task Force. The work of this task force resulted in the overwhelming statewide support for and the creation of the first-ever Victim’s Bill of Rights in Mississippi.
Lt. Governor Eddie Briggs appointed Mayor Melton to serve on the Mississippi State Board of Education. His successor, Lt. Governor Amy Tuck appointed Melton to a second and third term on the Board of Education.
Governor Ray Mabus appointed Mayor Melton to the Mississippi Department of Human Services Board of Directors. Governor Bill Allain appointed Melton as Chairman of the Mississippi Department of Youth Services. Mayor Melton’s public service includes appointments by two Texas Governors to the Texas Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
In all of Mayor Melton’s public service in Mississippi he has never accepted a per diem or salary for his work. His commitment has always been in identifying solutions and moving forward towards progress, without regard to race, special interests or political affiliation.
Mayor Melton’s commitment to a better Jackson began 19 years ago when his passion for bringing a better quality of life for many turned into unbridled community volunteerism. Mayor Melton is a full-time volunteer at the Farish Street YMCA, serving as a swimming instructor and mentor. He also volunteers as a swimming instructor at Jackson State University. Mayor Melton has used his own funds to several summer camps for inner city youth.
Mayor Melton’s love of teaching led him to Jackson State University. At JSU, Mayor Melton served as a volunteer instructor in the School of Business and the Mass Communications department. He has been a guest lecturer at Tougaloo College, Millsaps College, Belhaven College and Mississippi College.
Mayor Melton has received numerous awards and honors for his business leadership and community involvement, including the Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Mississippi. Mayor Melton was the first African American to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Mayor Melton has served previously on the Board of Directors for the United Way and the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Melton serves on the national board of directors for the Broadcast Music Industry (BMI) in New York, where he is the Chairman of BMI Performing Rights Committee, which is responsible for executing the contracts for writers and producers of music. He also serves on the Liberty Broadcasting board of directors; the Wave board of directors, the Community Broadcast Group, and the NBC Affiliates board of directors. Since becoming Mayor of the City of Jackson, he has been asked to serve on numerous boards and committees.
Of all his accomplishments, Mayor Melton is most humbled by his ability to help families and youth. He has provided college scholarships to more than 150 youth. He and his wife, Dr. Ellen Melton, are the proud parents of a son and daughter, Matthew and Lauren.