Hernando mayor is new league president

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson takes over as president of the Mississippi Municipal League this week.

Hernando says he’ll pursue the MML’s ongoing goals of advocacy and education, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Business and organizational sessions of the MML began Saturday. The annual conference runs through Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. It draws thousands of officials and guests from 289 member cities across Mississippi.

Johnson has been mayor of Hernando for seven years. He was elected MML second vice president in 2010 and just wrapped up his year as first vice president. He is the second league president from DeSoto County; then-mayor Joe Cates of Southaven was MML chief during 1996-97.

“Chip will lead it well,” said Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard, who is attending. “It’s good to have someone from DeSoto at the helm.”

The conference isn’t just some meet and greet, “it’s about learning — to do a better job and to follow the law,” Johnson said.

Johnson was set to lead a session on “Issues Facing Cities Over 10,000 Population” with Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran. And he was to moderate a discussion of the state Department of Environmental Quality’s EnHance program.