JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Do all nine members of Singing River Health System's Board of trustees live in Jackson County? That was a major concern at Monday's supervisors meeting. Supervisor Troy Ross requested that the county administrator make sure they do.
He said according to state law, members of the county-owned hospital system board must be legal residents of the county.
"I think at a time when our hospital is struggling, we have to make sure we have the best people on the board and telling what their situation is," said Ross.
This move comes after the board officially accepted the resignation of Morris Strickland. The former trustee, who now lives in Biloxi resigned last week after learning about the residency law.
Meanwhile, no action was taken on board member Allen Cronier. He owns homes in both Hurley and Mobile County, Alabama. According to Mobile County's Department of Revenue, Cronier claims the Alabama property as his primary residence. Jackson County Board of Supervisors president Barry Cumbest had this to say about that issue: "He is a resident of Jackson County. I have checked that with our tax assessor's office and he has a home in Jackson County. He is claiming it as his primary residence and he is filing homestead on it."
As far as supervisors calling for his resignation, there views are split.
"If we have one that is not telling their whole story I would like to see them go," said Ross.
"As of now, I will not call for his resignation. I don't know about the allegations he has a homestead in Alabama also. I look at at it as between Mr. Cronier and Alabama. If he has an issue, he has to work it out," Cumbest said.
Supervisors hope to have the residency check completed this month. The board also voted to renew the appointment of trustee Ira Polk. Though Troy Ross disagreed, expressing concerns about doing appointments while the hospital is embroiled in so much controversy. Melton Harris said Polk is a good person and a long time resident of Moss Point.