By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton announced Monday the chairman of a task force intended to encourage more city government accountability.
Shelton announced James V. Coniglio, a psychotherapist and retired Army colonel, as the leader of the “Task Force for Accountability and Transparency for the City of Tupelo,” a group Shelton said would help keep tabs on whether the city follows through on achieving priorities.
Shelton said the task force will have nine members, two appointed by him and others by each member of the City Council.
However, it’s not exactly clear what the group will measure and how that will happen. Shelton said Coniglio will help define the role and purpose of the group.
The mayor had planned to announce the task force last week but delayed after saying it still needed details worked out. While announcing the task force Monday, he said its specific purpose is evolving.
Even the group’s name seems to be a work in progress. Originally called the “Accountability Task Force,” Shelton’s spokeswoman said the name had changed to make clear it also will seek more transparency in city government. Shelton promised during the campaign to make his the most open and accessible administration in city history.
Coniglio, currently program director at the North Mississippi State Hospital, said he looks forward to helping shape the task force to better inform citizens about the work of city government.