RESIGNATION CAUSES SHIFTS IN ASSOCIATION
The resignation of the president of the Mississippi Constables Association caused some shifting of officers on the board of the statewide organization.
Former president James Wildman of Union County resigned effective Jan. 1 because of a conflict in interest. Wildman also worked with the Union County Sheriff’s Department, which put him in violation of a state law that forbids a constable from holding another law enforcement position.
His resignation left the post open.
Lee County Constable Phil Gann, who is the sergeant at arms for the statewide organization, said the executive board elected Sherman Ivy of Clay County as the group’s new president. Ivy, who was the northern district vice-president, appointed Joe Dean of Monroe County to his former position.
Tommy Lee “Hightower” Bowens, who was elected in November to his first term as a Chickasaw County constable, was appointed to take Dean’s former position on the Board of Directors.
The new positions were approved last week at a state meeting in Jackson, Gann said.
All three of the newly elected or appointed officers will serve until the statewide organization holds its election the first week of June.
There are 192 constables across the state, 66 of whom were sworn in for the first time in November.