Maurice Mercer was born in New York City and moved to Alabama at the age of 7. He is the son of the late Kathryn Jenkins a nurse and Morris Mercer retired policeman. Maurice is a graduate of Midfield High School and matriculated to Troy University and earned a degree in Business Administration and Marketing in 2004.
After college, Maurice worked with his grandfather, Henry Jenkins, in Labor Relations for the Midsouth Council of the RWDSU Union. Mercer worked for 6 years negotiating labor contracts across South Alabama before his grandfather passed and mom became ill.
Maurice’s first attempt to run for office was in 2008. Maurice missed the runoff by 200 votes to incumbent Karyl Rice place 5 and incumbent Bob Sullivan place 4. Through persistence and hard work, Maurice was elected to the Pelham City Council place 4 in a run-off election in October 2012 in a three way race. In 2016, he successfully garnered the votes for a 2nd term re-election. Mercer was the first African-American to elected in Pelham in 48 years of existence.
Maurice is the owner and CEO of KaTs Delivery , food logistics company in Metro-Birmingham and Troy,AL. Being an entrepreneur has allowed Maurice to be closer to his family while working in a field he is passionate about. Kats Delivery was awarded 2019 Small Business of the year.
Maurice is no stranger to service. He is actively involved in his church where he has led small groups/bible studies and serves on the church dream team serving members who serve. Maurice is a grand chapter life member and southern province life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and has served in various leadership capacities within the organization on grand chapter and southern province levels. Maurice is a 2001 initiate of the Theta Phi Chapter at Troy University. He is a charter member and a former Polemarch/President of the Alabaster-Pelham Alumni Chapter. Under Maurice’s leadership, the Alabaster-Pelham Alumni chapter won the southern province Chapter of the year 2 times. Maurice is a board member of the Pelham Library Guild, President of the Arc of Shelby County, and Co-organizer for the Taste of Pelham.
Maurice is married to the lovely, Amanda Mercer, veteran educator and editor with N2 publications. The couple recently celebrated 10 years of marriage in December 2019. They have two children, Emma and Katie.