By NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Newly sworn in Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said he did not take pleasure in being the deciding vote in ousting Larry “Butch” Brown as executive director of the state Transportation Department.
But Tagert said he believes it was the right vote for the agency and for the state. In recent years, Brown has been a controversial executive director. He had the support of Southern District Commissioner Wayne Brown (no relation) as of then-Northern District Commissioner Bill Minor, but was opposed by Central District Commissioner Dick Hall.
With Minor’s untimely death in November and the election of Tagert to replace him earlier this year, Brown lost his influence.
Tagert was sworn in at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the DOT Building. And a little less than an hour later, the three-member Commission was in executive session discussing Brown. Hall made the motion to replace him. It was seconded by Tagert. Wayne Brown voted against the motion.
“I gain no nothing and take no pleasure in being put in this position,” Tagert said.