By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lee County supervisors welcomed their newest member Tuesday during the first meeting of the current term.
Billy Joe Holland, who beat one-term incumbent Joe McKinney in the November general election, took his seat in the Lee County Justice Center board room amid well-wishes from his colleagues.
“Billy Joe, welcome aboard,” said District 3 Supervisor Darrell Rankin. “It’s a new year and a new term and a new board, and I look forward to serving with you all.”
Longtime District 1 Supervisor Phil Morgan also greeted Holland and joked that he might want to change chairs: “That seat has a bad reputation, because that’s the third or fourth person in it since I had this job.”
Holland, a former assistant road manager for Lee County, said he looked forward to working with everyone.
Also during the meeting, board members voted to elect Morgan the president and District 2 Supervisor Bobby Smith the vice president. Supervisors rotate those positions each year.
The group also reappointed all county officials who serve at the will and pleasure of the board. Those who kept their posts included Administrator Sean Thompson, County Attorney Gary Carnathan, Road Manager Tim Allred, Justice Court Clerk Debbie Berryman, Emergency Management Director Lee Bowdry, Veterans Service Officer Larry Betts, Fire Coordinator David Homan and county engineering firm Cook Coggin.