TUPELO – Volunteer members of Tupelo boards, commissions and committees can expect to see new faces at their meetings.
City Council members have been assigned groups to attend, serving as a liaison between the policy-making branch of city government and associated groups.
Council President Nettie Davis assigned council members to eight committees on Tuesday.
Serving as nonvoting members of the groups, council members benefit by learning more about different parts of the city, occasionally offering recommendations and reporting back to the council.
Ward 1 Councilman Markel Whittington, who will attend the Coliseum Commission and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, said his roles on city committees have informed him about inner workings and behind-the-scenes work of volunteers.
“It engages us with departments a little bit more and also helps us show citizen volunteers how much we appreciate their time and efforts,” Whittington said.
Some groups meet regularly while others meet as needed. Councilman Jim Newell of Ward 3 will continue to serve on the Homeless Task Force. A group that hasn’t met recently, Mayor Jason Shelton said he plans to meet with group members and help re-energize the group’s mission.
Other groups assigned City Council liaisons include:
• Airport Authority – Lynn Bryan of Ward 2.
• Oren Dunn City Museum Advisory Board – Buddy Palmer of Ward 5.
• Historic Preservation Commission – Palmer.
• Quality of Life Committee – Davis of Ward 4 and Bryan.
• Insurance committee – Willie Jennings of Ward 7, Whittington and Mike Bryan of Ward 6.