Tupelo officials briefed on city roles

TUPELO – The new mayor and City Council members spent Thursday afternoon learning about municipal government and its various functions.
The group gathered at the law office of Mitchell McNutt amp& Sams, which provides contracted legal services for the city, to hear an overview of each municipal department, agency and bureau.
The five-hour session was supposed to include a lesson on 13 different city organizations – each led by their various department heads – but time ran short and five had to be rescheduled.
“I thought this was valuable,” said Mayor Jack Reed Jr., who was elected to his first term of office in June and started his new job Monday. “It’s not exciting, but it’s important.”
All but one of the seven council members were present. Jonny Davis of Ward 5 was absent and hadn’t been feeling well in recent days. And five of the seven are first-time members.
Many said they appreciated the session.
“It was helpful,” said Ward 7 Councilman Willie Jennings. “I learned something from each department head.”
Said Markel Whittington of Ward 1: “We have a quality staff. I’d put our city up against any other city, and I’ve lived in five.”
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