JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to accept Morris Strickland's resignation from the Singing River Health System's Board of trustees. Last week, Strickland was found to be living in Biloxi. Supervisors also reappointed Ira Polk to the board, but haven't yet addressed the question of member Allen Cronier's residency.
Cronier owns a home and property in Mobile County. According to officials at the Mobile County Department of Revenue, Cronier claims the Alabama property as his primary residence, so he is eligible for homestead exemption. If that is the case, Cronier might not be able to serve on the board of trustees, because members must reside in Jackson County.
There's a twist though. Cronier also owns a home in the Hurley area and has a tax exemption on that property.
About a dozen Singing River employees and former employees were at Monday's supervisor's meeting. Supervisor Troy Ross asked the county administrator to look into all the board members' residency status and said anyone not living in the county should resign.