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 Troy University with a degree in Business Administration , and Leadership Shelby County.
After college, Mercer worked with his grandfather, Henry Jenkins, in Labor Relations for the Midsouth Council of the RWDSU. Mercer worked for 6 years negotiating labor contracts across South Alabama before his grandfather passed and mom became ill.
Maurice was elected to the Pelham City Council place 4 in a run-off election in October 2012 in a three way race. In 2020, he successfully garnered the votes for a 3rd term re-election. Mercer was the first African-American to elected in Pelham and in November was elected as Council President by his peers. On the council , Maurice serves as the liaison to the Pelham Commercial Development Authority (CDA). Maurice is a proud to have been a part of the redevelopment in Pelham like the new 20,000 sq feet state of the art public library, Pelham Recreation Center , and new Trail System that will one day connect Pelham Park to Oak Mountain State Park.
Maurice is the owner and CEO of KaTs Delivery , an on-demand food logistics firm in Alabama with locations in Metro Birmingham/ Shelby County , Clanton/ Chilton County and Troy/ Pike County. Kats Delivery was awarded 2019 Small Business of the year by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and a finalist with the CAAA and BCA for Small Business of the year within the state of Alabama.
Maurice is no stranger to service. He is actively involved with Church of the Highlands where he has led small groups/bible studies and serves on the church's 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. 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 Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Pelham Library Guild, board member of the Shelby Emergency Assistance , Immediate Past President of the Arc of Shelby County 501c3 for children with intellectual disabilities, and Co-organizer for the Taste of Pelham.
Maurice is married to the lovely, Amanda Mercer, a University of Montevallo graduate and veteran educator. The couple recently celebrated 12 years of marriage in December 2020. They have three children, Emma, Katie and Natalie. Emma and Katie attend Pelham City Schools.