Mayor’s Message

Meet the Honorable Mayor Rufus Davis

Mayor Rufus Davis is the 27th Mayor of the City of Camilla.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law. Mayor Davis is a former Wall Street executive with experience in the education sector and the international education market.   He previously served as a Vice-President at The Princeton Review in New York City where he grew a unit of $200,000 in annual sales into a unit generating over $23 million in annual sales in under three years.

In addition to his educational and corporate background, Mayor Davis also brings a very rich, international and multicultural pedigree to Camilla City Hall.  He has studied, worked, lived in or travelled to more than 53 countries around the world. During his undergraduate and graduate years, he studied at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic and Leiden University Law Faculty in the Netherlands, among others. At Leiden University, he performed research nearby at The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Den Haag (The Hague) and became involved in Public and Private International law. Consequently, Mayor Davis has a deep understanding and appreciation for global issues including cultural diversity, tolerance and international economic cooperation.  He truly believes that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Aristotle) and that "we all achieve more when we work together."

Mayor Davis is affectionately known as the "People’s Mayor" because he believes in People First and in city government “with a human face” (Dubcek 1968).   As Mayor Davis explains in his own words, “City government must be effective yet practical, compassionate, and have priorities aligned with the people. I would like to establish Camilla as the best small city in the region to live, work, play or operate a business. Towards this end, we must benchmark ourselves against great cities, locally and around the world that are thought leaders in terms of vision, innovation, technology and progressive results. We must replace the phrase, 'no, that's not possible because ...,' with 'yes, we can definitely accomplish this if...' " As he states, “in building our capacity our greatest asset is diversity in terms of people, ideas and solutions."

"I am humbled and grateful to serve as Mayor of my city and over the next four years,  I  solemnly pledge to dedicate myself to an array of civic priorities including citizens engagement; openness and transparency; diversity and inclusion; innovation, technology and the environment; and business and economic development."

Thank you, we welcome you, and may God continuously bless our city.

~ Mayor Rufus Davis



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Date of Authorization: 11/16/2007