Jerry J. Ransom was elected Mayor in May 2021.
Mr. Ransom was born in Kansas City, Missouri, grew up on a small farm in Western Oklahoma and attended Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Oklahoma. In 1966 he received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma, and, subsequently, he earned a MS in Information & Control Sciences, Doctor of Electrical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southern Methodist University.
From 1966-1978, Mr. Ransom worked for the defense contractor, LTV Electrosystems/E-Systems, as a Manager, Digital Systems Engineering. In 1978 he founded OmyiSYS, Inc. (and predecessor companies) to develop Computer-Aided Transcription Systems for Court and Freelance Reporters. Subsequently, his companies developed systems and services for the healthcare industry. He sold OmniSYS, Inc. to a private equity company in 2007.
From 1982–1985 Mr. Ransom served on the Greenville City Council. He also served as a Director on the Texas Municipal Power Agency from 1983–1985 and was Chairman of the Utility Study Committee that unanimously recommended the Greenville Electric Utility Company (GEUS) operate as an autonomous entity. He also served on the 4A/4A Study Committee.
Mr. Ransom and his wife, Tommie Lynn, have three grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, skiing, and gardening. His interests include Civil War, World War II, and Supreme Court history.
Mr. Ransom hopes to maintain Greenville’s unique culture and historical identity during his tenure. He is known for his philanthropy toward local organizations. Living and locating his business in Greenville was always a choice.