Sheriff hires new warden
by Paisley Boston
Aug 20, 2013 | 3954 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Supervisors met to discuss future and current plans for Bolivar County.
Supervisors met to discuss future and current plans for Bolivar County.
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The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of a new warden during its meeting Monday.

The new warden for the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility is Ora Starks.

She previously served as a Mississippi Department of Corrections Compliance Officer for 17 years.

Starks replace James Moore who retired unexpectedly after over a year in the position.

"The board does not have control over who is hired. We do not have hiring authority on who the sheriff selects," said Andrew Williams, supervisor for District 1.

According to the sheriff, there were seven applicants and two of the applicants were female.

"This is an important position for the county and sheriff ‘s department," said Sheriff Williams.

Supervisors also discussed a dilapidated home in Mound Bayou owned by a family in Florida.

According to Preston Billings, supervisor of District 3, the family desires to donate the home, located in Daniel Quarters, to Mound Bayou for dry fire runs.

The board said the family is required to submit a letter showing ownership before the house can be considered for use.

"They'll have to do a code of release for the fire department to burn it and show proof of ownership. It's beneficial to both parties," said Bill Quinton, EMA Director. Supervisor Williams instructed Billings to contact an agency to seek more information about the guidelines and procedures for using a dilapidated home for dry run fire testing.

Sheriff Williams also announced that his department recently completed a task with the U.S. Marshall on sex offender registration.

"We issued warrants for arrest for those who were not where they were suppose to be.

“If the citizens work with us, we can do a better job to detour crime," he said.