By CARL SMITH
Oktibbeha County supervisors elected District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard president of the governing body and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer vice president during Tuesday’s board meeting.
Before the votes, Howard and Trainer both expressed their interest in leading the board to fellow supervisors. The board approved Howard for the president’s position by a 3-2 vote and unanimously approved Trainer for vice president. Howard said he is excited about his re-election and hopes his previous experience as president will help him guide the board through 2012. Howard was first elected board president in 2010, succeeding former District 5 Supervisor John Young. The position of board president, Howard said, is reviewed on a year-by-year basis by supervisors.
“I feel like I have the opportunity to continue working on some of the things we have going as a board and build upon the relationships we’ve developed from the previous two years,” Howard said. “I hope over the past few years I’ve gained quite a bit of experience as board president.”
Trainer, the current supervisor with the most years of tenure, also served as board vice president during the previous term. He said he was honored to be considered for the head position and is looking forward to continuing his role as vice president.
“I’m always a believer that the buck stops with the supervisors,” he said. “I want to do the best job I can for Oktibbeha County.”
In other board business, supervisors scheduled their next recess meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in an effort to attract more public attendance. Over the past year, the board aimed to hold afternoon recess meetings, but most were held at 10 a.m. due to bid openings and other official business.
“(Low board attendance) is unfortunate because citizens of Oktibbeha County need to take an interest and see how their county is run,” Howard said.
Supervisors also approved a number of board appointments for 2012 Tuesday: Don Posey, county administrator; Jack Brown, board attorney; Victor Collins, road manager; Clyde Pritchard, state aid and county engineer; Jim Britt, emergency manager and 911 director; Kirk Rosenhan, fire coordinator; and Nora Goliday, justice court clerk. The board also acknowledged Posey’s appointments: Emily Garrard, comptroller; Deanna Dantzler, purchase clerk; Michele Tutton, inventory clerk; and Marshall McReynolds, receiving clerk.
Finally, supervisors accepted Collins’ road report for the month of December. Despite working with a skeleton crew over the holidays, the road department bladed, graveled and pulled out ditches, cut back low-hanging limbs and patched pot holes in various county projects, the report stated. The road department will head back out this month in full force.
“Every grader in the county will be turned loose in the county this week,” Trainer said.