Kevin Cumberland was voted president of the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors Monday, during their first meeting of the year.

Cumberland represents District 2. District 1 Supervisor Keith Lillis was elected vice president of the board. These actions were part of a busy day for the supervisors as the new four-year term began.

Eric Clark met with supervisors as the new sheriff. Supervisors approved the quarterly budget allocation for the Sheriff’s Department which totaled $342,460. Supervisors also approved the quarterly allocation for the jail, which total $346,441.

Supervisors approved the hiring of deputies and Sheriff’s Department’s staff, effective Jan. 1. Supervisors also approved the appointment of Gordon Adkins as county fire investigator.

Supervisors also approved the employment of the jail administrator and staff.

Supervisors also approved the purchase of two radios and chargers for the two game wardens working in Neshoba County at the request of the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. That will enable the conservation officers to communicate with the Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisors also enabled Clark to work out an inter-local agreement between his department and the Neshoba County School District to provide resource officers.

Supervisors approved paying the dues for Sheriff Clark to join the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association at the cost of $1,000. Sheriff Clark was named the Designated Principal for the Informant Fee account.



In other business, supervisors voted to:

• Accept the bid to name The Citizens National Bank as the county depositary for 2020 and 2021;

• Accept the bid of Allen & Hoshall Inc., an engineering and architecture firm out of Jackson to do the design work for the elevator lift which will be installed at the Neshoba Coliseum later this year. The county will now present to negotiate a contract with the firm;

• Approve the employment of the County Road Department. Eddie Posey remains the road foreman and Rodney Tangle is the assistant road manager. Supervisors approved the advertisement for a lease-purchase agreement for a new JCB 3CX-14 backhoe loader. Supervisors also exercised the buyback option for the old backhoe.

• Approve paying the 2020 dues for the Mississippi Association of County Road Managers at a cost of $200;

• Accepted the work order summaries for October and November;

• Approve the hiring of Tommy Vance and Harold Lovern on a part-time basis. Both are retired from the county road crew;

• Approve the appointment of Dale Joyner to the hospital board;

• Approve the appointment of Wade White as the Felony Indigent Counsel for the 8th Judicial Circuit Court District at a salary of $14,502. Neshoba County pays 30 percent of that salary. White also serves as the county board attorney for Neshoba County. His salary is $40,400, the same as the supervisors;

• Approve the request for office space in the courthouse for Chancellor Joseph Kilgore. The circuit court judges office will be moving to Newton County and their former space will be used by Kilgore;

• Accept the Dec. 25 resignation of assistant district attorney Brian Burns, who has been appointed the new circuit court judge;

• Approve the quarterly budget  allocation to the County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office. Approved the hiring of staff for the next term. Supervisors approved the hiring of a new collection firm for delinquent taxes, American Finance Credit Service;

• Approve the appointment of Myron Williams as the deputy coroner. Supervisors also approved the travel expenses for coroner John Stephens to attend coroner’s mid-winter meeting;

• Approve the reappointment of Darrell Wilson as the director of the 911 emergency management department, along with his staff. Supervisors approved two travel requests for emergency management. One is to attend the MEMA District 6 Crisis Management Training in Smith County on Jan. 9. The other is the Fire Coordinator Meeting Feb. 12 at Lake Lake Tiak-O'Khata;

• Approve an inter-local agreement with the Kemper County Board of Supervisors to operate their 911 services;

• Approve the hiring of staff at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Supervisors also re-appointed Ken Edwards as Veterans Service Officer;

• Approve the hiring of staff for the Justice Court office. Supervisors also approved association dues costing $250 each for judges Paul Payne and Jonathan Spears;

• Approve the employee payroll ending Dec. 16 and totaling $217,897; and,

• Approve the elected officials payroll ending Jan. 1 and totaling $33,894;

Supervisors took care of the bonding for elected county officials, including themselves. They approved the hiring of county staff.