Booneville mayor vetoes two votes

By Lena Mitchell | NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BOONEVILLE – The Booneville mayor has vetoed two actions taken by the Board of Aldermen at a recent regular meeting.
Mayor Joe Eaton last week vetoed a motion by Alderman Harold Eaton to fill a Criminal Investigations Division captain’s position in the Booneville Police Department.
He also vetoed a motion by Alderman Jeff Williams to appoint Gas and Water Department employee Janet Boren as interim manager of the department.
Both measures passed with a 3-2 majority vote and each was supported by Harold Eaton, Williams and Alderman Mark McCoy. Voting against the two actions were Alderman David Bolen and Alderman Wilda Pounds.
In stating the reasons for the vetoes, the mayor said he thought the moves were “not in the best interest of the city.”
Police Chief Michael Ramey held the CID captain’s position before being appointed chief. He told the board that he wanted to leave that position unfilled as well as a patrol officer vacancy in his department to cover the $50,000 to $60,000 cost of installing cameras in patrol cars, something that will be required by Jan. 1, 2013.
The board may override the mayor’s veto with a 4-1 vote of the board, city attorney Daniel Tucker said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com