By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
Ward 4 Councilwoman Nettie Davis was elected last week to serve a one-year term as president of the Tupelo City Council. This makes history as the first time a woman or an African-American has served in this leadership role in Tupelo. Daily Journal staff writer Robbie Ward spoke with Davis about serving in the position.
Q: Serving your fourth term now on the council, what does it mean to finally be council president?
A: It makes me feel that people trust me a little more and that a woman can do it just as a good as a man. It’s not about gender. It’s about who can get the job done. I think I’m well prepared as a leader as much as any other member of the council.
Q: What does it take for a City Council to be considered successful during a four-year term?
A: I think working together and accepting ideas of others, communicating, building a good relationship with the mayor and being concerned about the progress of the whole city, not just one ward. It takes being considerate of citizens in the whole community. It’s also important for us to be unified. We’re not always going to agree, but we should always reach consensus. It’s important to respect each other. I’ve always tried to do that as a councilman. In the end, we’ll make a decision based on what’s best for the citizens.
Q: As council president, what are your goals for the position?
A: Being an artist, it makes me have a very open mind. I’ve always been concerned about the progress of our city and moving to another level, making sure that the quality of life is good, the infrastructure is good and making sure that there’s a lot of experiences for all age levels and to be the best that any city can be. I want Tupelo to be an inclusive city. It’s one of my goals to improve housing and make sure enough affordable housing exists for everyone who wants to live here.