Supervisors vote to fill admin posts
A series of questions about personnel by District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson at Monday’s meeting prompted a near 90-minute discussion in executive session, three times longer than the open portion of the meeting immediately prior.
Nickson noted that the county board had previously approved an order to make W.C. Eskridge the code enforcer effective March 1.
“Our current code enforcer is on the job until May 31,” Board president James Dunn responded.
“The Board order says Eskridge starts tomorrow,” Nickson reiterated.
“We have to make a decision as to the existing code enforcer,” Dunn said.
“I have a Jan. 28 Board order that a public information officer and a front desk clerk was to be advertised,” Nickson then offered. “The orders are not being followed. Why hasn’t this occurred?”
“The Board voted to post the positions, and they were posted,” Human Resources director Hylon Oliver answered.
“Have the interviews occurred?” Nickson asked.
Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood
‘Work Ready’ is county’s new mantra
Tunica County employers are interviewing 100 or more applicants for every job opening, to find one potential employee who is “qualified, educated and trainable,” according to human resources managers who attended Monday’s launch of Tunica’s Work Ready Community Certification.
“We are known as an unskilled community,” said Tunica County administrator Adrian McKay, “(trying) to go to skilled...to provide and sustain a workforce to tourism and manufacturing.”
McKay – along with Chamber CEO Lyn Arnold – is serving as co-chairman of a group of local elected officials, educators, Chamber and economic development officials and tourism and business leaders who accepted the challenge to bring ACT’s Work Ready program to the county. The official launch this week at Horseshoe Casino is the next step in a “multi-year, multi-dimensional” process, Arnold said.
“We’re involved because Frank Howell (Delta Council director of development) called, and we think it is a good fit and important for economic and workforce development.”
Voters face election dilemma March 8
Tunica County voters must choose next Tuesday whether to vote Republican or Democrat. That is likely to be a tough choice for those who were anticipating voting in the Republican presidential primary but also wanted to make their choice for Yazoo Mississippi Levee Board commissioners from Tunica County for the next four years.
Voters won’t be able to do both, according to Circuit Clerk Sharon Reynolds.
Levee Board incumbents Clarence Cariker and David Williams, Jr. are seeking another four year term, but a third candidate has entered the race, A.L. Steele. Voters will be asked to vote for two people in the three-way race. All three will be on the Democratic Party ballot.
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