For more than 25 years, Mayor John J. Tecklenburg has served our city as a businessman, a civic leader, and a city government executive.

Born in Charleston and a graduate of Georgetown University, John was the founder and president of Southern Oil Company. Next, he served as Charleston’s Director of Economic Development under Mayor Joe Riley, where he led the city’s nationally acclaimed initiative to revitalize and redevelop Upper King Street. Over the years, Mayor Tecklenburg has also served on the boards of many local charities and nonprofits, including Crisis Ministries, the Rotary Club, the Palmetto Project and SC Strong.

Mayor Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy are the proud parents of five grown children – Melissa, Suzanne, Paula, Joseph and John Henry. They reside in the Old Windermere section of West Ashley.

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