A new Justice Court clerk was hired Monday by the Board of Supervisors after the current one was reassigned as a deputy clerk in what the board described as a reorganization of the office.

The action came after supervisors spent more than an hour in an executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

Kathy Warren was hired as the new Justice Court clerk in a unanimous decision of the board, effective Monday at 5 p.m.

Warren worked as office manager/bookkeeper at the Community Development Partnership office until September 2010, when the position was eliminated due to budget cuts. She most recently worked at B&G Wood.

Her rate of pay as Justice Court clerk was set at $13.75 an hour.

Supervisors voted 4-0 to reassign Justice Court clerk Lynell Coleman to a

deputy clerk position.

Her rate of pay remained at $13.75 an hour.

District Five Supervisor Obbie Riley abstained from voting on her reassignment.

"I abstained from that vote because I wasn't comfortable with it," Riley said after the meeting. "I just had a little reservation on Lynell's reassignment."

Coleman said she was very blessed and humbled to have served as Justice Court clerk.

"I appreciate the outpouring support that was given to me by everyone and I pray for that continued support as deputy clerk. I thank you in advance," she said.

She was promoted to Justice Court clerk in June 2008, after serving as a deputy clerk.

She replaced longtime clerk Martha Thompson, who retired.

County Administrator Benjie Coats said the Justice Court clerk works at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors who felt it necessary to make a change.

Coleman, Warren and Justice Court Judges Steve Cumberland and Brad Stuart were among those present during the executive session Monday morning.

Justice Court resides over a number of matters, from civil suits to delinquent mobile home taxes.

Traffic tickets issued by the state Highway Patrol and the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department are resolved in the Justice Court, as well as Public Service tickets and Gaming, Fishing and Marine Reserve tickets.

All felony cases are first heard in the Justice Court for initial appearance and the filing of an affidavit.