Perkins' leadership is recognized
by Anne Hart Preus
Aug 12, 2014 | 1418 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Henry Perkins, Jr., mayor of Winstonville, was chosen as the First Vice President of the Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors at the annual meeting in Biloxi in June.

The organization has approximately 82 members and is led by President Johnny Dupree, mayor of Hattiesburg.

Perkins is a life long resident of Winstonville and graduated from J.F. Kennedy High School and the University of Phoenix.

According to the 2010 census, the population of Winstonville is 191.

"I want to see my town grow," says Perkins. "Being mayor is full time. I was elected mayor in October 2007, and it is a challenge to continue providing services for our citizens. I want to see Winstonville grow, and we need concerned leaders."

Perkins is working on several projects for his town.

The sewage lagoon has been completed at a cost of $381,000.

Five houses are being built for families who qualified for a program through the Mississippi Development Authority.

The families submitted applications to the MS Development Authority and the agency decided who would get the houses.

"These families are very excited," says Perkins. "I am happy for them."

The community center is another project. "We have been remodeling by putting down a new floor and updating kitchen cabinets and bathrooms."

"People use the center for special events. Citizens have baby showers and birthday parties. My mom had her 90th birthday party there, " says Perkins.

Two years ago, Perkins was elected as President of the Bolivar County Black Mayors Association.

"We usually meet two times a month," says Perkins. "We set up meetings with vendors to help with grants and sometimes we have speakers from Congressman Thompson's office. We work together to see how we can help one another."

"The citizens of Winstonville thought enough to elect me," says Perkins, "and I strive to provide the best service to them. I believe in doing the best I can to make our town better.

"Winstonville is a quiet place," says Perkins. "When people ride by, they notice how clean it is. "

The Mississippi Association of Black Mayors and the Bolivar County Black Mayors' Association recognized Perkins' efforts when they elected him.

"I'm glad I am here," Perkins says.