TUPELO – Mayor Jack Reed Jr. launched a new segment of Tupelo’s regular City Council meetings this week when he delivered his first “mayor’s report.”
Standing at the podium and facing the audience and camera, Reed spent about 15 minutes reviewing his activities thus far as mayor, highlighting the city’s recent achievements and providing a quick preview of what’s to come.
The briefing included kudos for the city’s Fourth of July celebration and Juneteenth festival, news of the recent fire station groundbreaking and an update on his efforts to permanently name three department heads.
“I think it will be beneficial for the council and the city of Tupelo to know what’s happening and what will be happening,” Reed said.
Elected in June to serve a four-year term, Reed was sworn in Monday and attended his first council meeting Tuesday. Five of the seven council members also are new.
Reed said he’ll make the mayor’s report a regular part of each council meeting, which are held the first and third Tuesday of the month.
It’s the first time in recent memory that a mayor has given such reports. As council clerk, Glenda Muse has attended each council meeting since 1995 when Jack Marshall was mayor.
Reed is the sixth mayor she’s served with – including interim Mayor Paul Eason – and the reports have never been done.
Not regularly anyway.
“They’ve made statements or given the state of the city,” she said, “but nothing like this.”
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