HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Former board attorney Joe Meadows is now a Harrison County supervisor. At least through the end of this year. Supervisors voted unanimously Monday morning to appoint Meadows to fill the remainder of former supervisor Kim Savant's term.
The board first accepted the resignation letter of former supervisor Kim Savant, who stepped down last month before pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge. A familiar face will serve the remainder of his term: Joe Meadows was board attorney for nearly 20 years before retiring. Supervisors wanted someone who will not seek that office this fall.
"That whoever sat in this seat, was not anyone here for any type of political gain, but merely for the service of the people. Mr. Meadows is someone who is very familiar to the board. Serving as the attorney for the board of supervisors for many years," said Supervisor Windy Swetman.
Following the unanimous vote, there was a quick swearing in by Judge and former supervisor, Robin Midcalf. The new District Two supervisor thanked his wife and praised the board for removing politics from this appointment.
"I mean this sincerely, the board should be commended for appointing, not for appointing me to serve, but by appointing someone who will not seek election to this office. My appointment will provide a level playing field for all those who do want to seek this office in the fall," said supervisor Meadows.
Board members have a high regard for Joe Meadows and they say he will serve with integrity.
"I think Mr. Meadows has worked with the board of supervisors, I think he's a good fit for us. I think he can represent the people in District Two very well. He's familiar with all the issues," said Marlin Ladner, who made the motion to appoint Meadows.
"I want to thank the members of the board for the privilege you have given me to join with you in serving the people of Harrison County, who have been so good to me and my family. Thank you," said the newly appointed District Two supervisor.
Board members also elected new officers for 2015. Supervisor Connie Rockco is the new board president and Supervisor Windy Swetman will serve as vice president.