The selection, by a unanimous vote, means Coggins will almost assuredly be named president of the organization next year. The vote came in last week’s 70th annual convention of the organization in Biloxi, attended by about 2,100 municipal officials.
“It’s a great honor to get this,” said Coggins, a 12-year MML member who has been very active in the organization.
Coggins, a longtime member of the MML board of directors, has served on the league’s long-range planning and task force committees and was a legislative committee captain. He is expected to be instrumental is drawing the league’s legislative agenda for the coming Mississippi legislative session.
“The purpose of the league is to help our municipal officials provide quality services to their citizens at the lowest possible cost,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing my strong working relationship with the staff of the MML to help better serve our members.”
Coggins noted the organization recently began an education program, primarily aimed at newly elected city officials, that provides 60 hours of instruction on municipal issues.
“It’s going to be a real good thing,” he said.
Coggins is a 1968 graduate of Mississippi State University and was elected mayor of Baldwyn in 1989. He moves into the chair held last year by Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman, who moved up to the presidency during the convention.
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is the league’s immediate past president.