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Jerome A. Prince

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Jerome Prince
Jerome A. Prince.jpg
21st Mayor of Gary
Assumed office
January 1, 2020
Preceded byKaren Freeman-Wilson
Personal details
Born (1964-08-16) August 16, 1964 (age 56)
Gary, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1982–1986

Jerome A. Prince (born August 16, 1964) is an American politician serving as the 21st mayor of Gary, Indiana. A member of the Democratic Party, he assumed office on January 1, 2020, succeeding Karen Freeman-Wilson.

Early life

Prince was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School.[1]


In 1982, Prince enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1986, he returned to Gary and began working in real estate, insurance, and retail sales. In 1994, he joined the Calumet Township Assessor’s office as a real estate deputy. In 1998, he was elected to the Gary Precinct Committee Organization. In 1999, he was elected to the Gary City Council, representing the fifth district. In 2008, Prince was selected to serve as a member of the Lake County Council after an incumbent member resigned.[2] In 2014, he was elected Lake County Assessor, where he served until 2019.

Mayor of Gary

Prince was elected mayor of Gary in 2019, defeating incumbent mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.[3][4][5][6] He assumed office on January 1, 2020.[7][8][9] Following the George Floyd protests, Prince pledged to sign an executive order to establish a police reform commission.[10] Prince has advocated for returning manufacturing jobs to Gary. In March 2020, he signed his first executive order, aimed at increasing the hiring of minority, female, and veteran employees by the city government.[11] Prince has also sought to demolish abandoned buildings around Gary as a crime reduction strategy.[12]


  1. ^ Correspondent, Bill Dolan Times. "Jerome Prince unseats Gary mayor". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  2. ^ Mayor, JP4 (2019-02-28). "Bio". Jerome Prince for Mayor. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  3. ^ "Jerome Prince Defeats Incumbent to Win Gary, Indiana in Democratic Primary". AP NEWS. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  4. ^ Lyons, Craig. "Jerome Prince preparing for transition as Democratic Gary mayoral nominee". Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  5. ^ Napoleon, Carrie. "Former official returns for new Gary role". Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  6. ^ "Gary Mayor Defends Record As 8 Rivals Seek To Unseat Her". Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  7. ^ crusaderstaff. "Jerome Prince is sworn in as Gary mayor | The Crusader Newspaper Group". Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  8. ^ "Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Pandemic Fallout, Response". WTTW News. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  9. ^ Napoleon, Carrie. "New Mayor Jerome Prince promises to bring progress, growth to Gary; calls for citizen responsibility". Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  10. ^ "Gary to establish a police reform commission". AP NEWS. 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  11. ^ "Gary Mayor Jerome Prince signs 1st executive order, boosting minority, women and veteran businesses". Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  12. ^ Holmes, Evelyn (2020-01-04). "Gary mayor seeks to demolish abandoned schools deemed 'havens for crime'". ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved 2020-08-30.

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