Moss Point aldermen put the brakes on mayor's travels

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point aldermen have put the brakes on the Mayor Aneice Liddell's travels. After complaints about when and where  the mayor was driving her city car, alderman put a new vehicle policy in place for all city employees.

Alderman Robert Byrd said the mayor cannot be an exception to the rules.

"She just about have to because she is the leader," Byrd said. "As she leads, they follow."

Byrd said aldermen received complaints from citizens about seeing the mayor on personal business in the city car. It's more than a liability issue. Byrd said it's costing the city gas and wear and tear on the car.

"So we want to make sure some of this is cut down or cut out, if necessary."

To do that, the board of aldermen approved an 11 page vehicle policy book, which includes specific rules for the mayor: Not using the city car after 7p.m. without board approval, not using the car on weekends, logging each trip the mayor makes in the city car. The mayor said she will not let herself be singled out by this policy and she does not like the time and day constraints put in the plan.

"We are not singling the mayor out, although the language said something about restricting some of her travel. But the way it was intended was not for her to be offended," Byrd said.

Byrd said the board will take another hard look at the policy to make sure it's fair for everyone, including Mayor Liddell.

"Anytime you do a policy or an ordinance, changes are coming."

As for the mayor, she said she will not let a car stop her from running the city.

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