Update: Supervisors seek residence proof by 2nd District election commissioner

By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal

TUPELO – Lee supervisors will ask an election commissioner to show them proof of residency at their Jan. 22 meeting or face replacement.
Wayne Crestman qualified last spring to run for the post to represent the 2nd Supervisor’s District, but he apparently did not live in that district the year after the Lee County redistricting plan approved in 2011.
State law requires an election commissioner to reside in the district for which he or she was elected.
In executive session, the board also talked with its attorney, Gary Carnathan, about its drug testing policy and two lawsuits against the county.
Bobby G. Smith takes the reins as president of the Lee County Board of Supervisors today, thanks to a one-year service policy.
Smith succeeds Phil Morgan, who resigned to make the transition possible. Darrell Rankin was elected board vice president.
The supervisors convened for their first official board meeting of 2013 with plans to head for Jackson later today for a legislative reception by the Mississippi Association of Supervisors and others.
The Legislature opens its 90-day session Tuesday.
Other board members are Tommie Lee Ivy and Billy Joe Holland.
Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams was appointed municipal representative on the E-911 commission, but Smith said Williams may need to be replaced because he isn’t running for re-election this year and may move from Lee County.
After the meeting, Smith said the board will talk with legislators about their concerns, especially about state road funding.
He also said if Crestman does not respond to their inquiries or appear before them, an interim appointment will be made until the next county general election in 2015.
• Read Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more meeting details.

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