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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Supervisors start new term with personnel shifts

Tunica County supervisors for the years 2016 through 2019 picked new administrators and other officials in their first meeting Monday.

After a 30-day transition period, Adrian McKay steps into an expanded role, taking over as county administrator from Michael Thompson, who has served in that position since December 2013. McKay has been the county comptroller since March 2014. Senior accountant Delilah Steele steps into the comptroller slot.

The reshuffling in the administrative department took place early in the January 4 Board meeting. District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson’s motion to appoint McKay was approved 5-0.

District 3 supervisor Phillis Williams then made a motion to hire John Perry as Board attorney. That motion also passed on a 5-0 vote. Perry, a Southaven lawyer, immediately came to sit at the Board table to begin his duties.

Nickson then moved to appoint Steele as comptroller. Prior to the vote, District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson asked if the job had been posted.

“Have we taken resumes or had interviews?” Johnson asked. “In this case, I would love to have feedback from the county administrator and the Chancery Clerk. We need to be sure we’ve got the right candidate.”

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County officials sworn in

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Pegram sits at Board table, Daley’s votes count

As county officials gathered January 4 for the opening meeting of new four year terms, Billy Pegram – a former supervisor and the certified winner of November’s general election from District 5 – quietly entered the room and took a seat at the Board table, joining Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers; his rival for the seat, McKinley Daley; and others.

Supervisors moved swiftly after the meeting came to order to re-elect James Dunn as Board president and Henry Nickson as vice president on a 4-0 vote, new District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson and Pegram abstaining. Johnson questioned the opening move, saying, “There seems to be a lot of people sitting up here,” as he sought guidance from the Board’s attorney.

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Four supervisors pull ‘coup d’etat’ against citizens

The will of the voters of Supervisor District 5 was subverted by the county Board of Supervisors Monday, when the Board voted 4-1 to appoint McKinley Daley to the post “to continue until a special election,” according to wording recommended by Board president James Dunn and moved by District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr.

Daley, the Democratic incumbent, was defeated in November’s general election by former supervisor Billy Pegram.

Pegram was sworn in to his post last Wednesday, December 23, by Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers and has been bonded, according to his attorney Wes Ryals.

But the county board acted to preempt a certified election and Pegram’s swearing in, after receiving a letter from Board attorney Melvin Miller. Miller told the Board he had had discussions with the Attorney General’s, the Secretary of State’s and the Governor’s offices.

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