TUPELO – Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton named his nominees for department head positions today, including the town of Sherman’s current mayor as in-house city attorney.
Five new faces will be among the 14 department heads Shelton will propose at next week’s City Council meeting, including a new police chief, chief operations officer, city judge, in-house attorney and interim parks and recreation director.
Ben Logan, nominee for city attorney and current mayor of Sherman, has strong ties to Tupelo and a connection to Shelton. When Logan ran for mayor of Tupelo, losing to Jack Marshall, Shelton volunteered for Logan’s campaign.
For police chief, Shelton nominated current police captain Steven “Bart” Aguirre. Current police chief Tony Carleton announced on Monday his plans to retire next month.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Johnny Timmons – Water & Light
Lynn Norris – Chief Financial Officer
Neal McCoy – Director of Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Don Lewis – Chief Operations Officer
Bart Aguirre – Police Chief
Alex Farned – Interim Parks & Recreation Director
Thomas Walker – Fire Chief
BJ Teal – Director of Developmental Services
Chuck Williams – Interim Public Works Director (already appointed)
Kim Hanna – City Clerk
Cassandra Moore – Personnel Director
Ben Logan – In-house Attorney
Jay Weir – City Judge
Willie Allen – City Judge
Richard Babb – City Prosecutor
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