GUNTOWN – Robert Herring and Mike James jumped right in to work as rookie mayors last week.
Herring, Guntown’s new mayor and James, Baldwyn’s new head man, both had board meetings to attend and needed to start learning the ropes quickly.
“This has been a great week one,” said Herring who is a former Lee County sheriff and justice court judge. “I’ve served public office before, but each job is different. I’m just trying to learn the ropes and get my feet on the ground.”
Herring said one of his main challenges will be to keep the city’s budget in check.
Unlike Herring, James has never held public office. But with an experienced board and his newly appointed city clerk, Nann Nanny, James said he is confident they will bring Baldwyn together.
“It’s been a busy first week for me,” said James. “God has been number one in getting me through it and Nann has been a very close second. It was very pleasing to see so many people show up for our first board meeting Tuesday. We filled the boardroom up. That’s what I want to see over these next four years, a togetherness in Baldwyn. This is a great town and we plan to let everyone know it.”
While the two men are learning their new jobs, five veteran mayors say it’s back to business as usual. Plantersville Mayor Gloria Holland, Shannon Mayor Ronnie Hallmark, Verona Mayor Bobby Williams, Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams and Nettleton Mayor R.V. Adams all said they are eager to get back to work.
Said Holland, “We’ve accomplished a lot over the past four years and now we’re going to work even harder. When you have success it takes hard work to maintain it. We are just ready to get back to work.”
Bill Williams also said he and his board of aldermen were ready to start back working and improving water quality will be their top priority.
“We have three new members on our board and they are going to do a great job,” said Williams. “We had a good first board meeting and are already working. We are going to work hard together to improve the quality of our water over these next four years.”
In Nettleton, Adams’ main concern over the next four years will be to bring more industry to the town which has lost manufactures over the past few years. James also said bring new industry to Baldwyn will be one of his top priorities but the only one.
“I want to bring the community closer together over these next four years,” he said . “I want to have one community that’s on the same page. That’s how we will grow and prosper.”
Hallmark said he will concentrate on improving the parks.
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