Supervisors change roles in 2014
by Paisley Boston
Jan 07, 2014 | 3078 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Bolivar County Board of Supervisors presented the wife of former Deputy Warden Elmo Sellers a resolution in honor of his service to Bolivar County. Sellers was the first African American to serve as a deputy warden for the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.
Bolivar County Board of Supervisors presented the wife of former Deputy Warden Elmo Sellers a resolution in honor of his service to Bolivar County. Sellers was the first African American to serve as a deputy warden for the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.
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The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors kicked off the New Year by selecting a new president and vice president.

Supervisor James McBride now serves as president of the board and Supervisor Donny Whitten serves as his vice president.

Members of the board welcomed both officials into their newly appointed positions with applause.

"I have gotten so accustomed to addressing Supervisor Andrew Williams as president, so excuse me President McBride if I continue to do so," said Supervisor Preston Billings.

"Mr. Williams you have done a superb job while serving as our president and we are happy to still have you on this board," he added.

Williams served three terms and he said that he is more than happy to have McBride serve as the new president.

"It has been an honor and privilege to have served as the president of the board. I am even more honored to say that Bolivar County continues to remain financially stable," said Williams.

"We try to do as much as we can to assist our municipalities and we try to help them without going broke. We want to do all that we can but we can't do everything," he added.

After being elected by members of the board, McBride did not waste anytime.

He announced that he would like to meet with all county department managers and directors at the next scheduled board meeting to discuss ways to better serve the county during 2014.

Although the board of supervisors received a new face-lift, members of the board voted to not make any changes to the county's department managers and directors.

Shortly after McBride took 'center stage,' board members presented a resolution for former Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility Deputy Warden Elmo Sellers.

Billings read the resolution to the wife of Sellers and as the audience stood to pay their respects.

It was a very emotional presentation; Sellers had been employed with BCRCF since 1999 and served as a deputy warden before serving as the interim warden.

After tears were dried and homage was paid, Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly presented her report.

"The school board election process was a success. We didn’t run into many problems and the procedure ran smoothly," said Kelly.

County Engineer Robert Eley also gave his report but after doing so, Billings offered a few suggestions and gave an update on recent occurrences within his district.

"Mr. Eley I need you and the sheriff to help me with a situation in Eastgate. I have received several phone calls from individuals complaining about speeding in Eastgate. As a result of the speeding, some individuals have lost control of their vehicles and had very serious car accidents," said Billings.

"Some of the accidents have even involved individuals crashing their vehicles into people's homes. We need some speed breakers and guard rails. We need to do whatever it takes to protect our citizens," he added.

Eley and Sheriff Williams said that they have been actively investigating and seeking measures to aid in the matter.

"We are not allowed to do certain types of work during the winter months but we are definitely looking into adding guard rails for the safety of drivers and homeowners," said Eley.

Eley also announced that all of the road projects are on schedule.

Members of the board went into executive section with Road Manager James Pritchett and Emergency Management Director Bill Quinton.

Pritchett's executive session item involved possible litigation but there was no decision rendered on the matter.

Quinton discussed a personnel matter concerning the obtainment of full time employee status for a member of his staff and insurance benefits – members of the board decided to grant the individual full time employment and insurance benefits.

On Monday members of the board traveled to the Mid-Winter Conference in Jackson, MS and they are scheduled to return on Wednesday.