Leaders should take more interest in community officials meetings

Published 5:00 am Monday, September 9, 2002

Community elected officials held another successful meeting lastweek. However, there was a noticeable absence of some of our localofficer holders.

While he did a good job discussing Brookhaven issues, Mayor BillGodbold was the only elected city official to attend Tuesday’sgathering, which was sponsored by the Mississippi DevelopmentAuthority.

Godbold’s fellow city-wide elected officials and members of theboard of aldermen were absent. Also missing were our local statelawmakers and our public and private school leaders.

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All five members of the county board of supervisors and mostother county elected officials attended. Chamber of commerceleaders, though not elected, were also present to talk aboutupcoming events and activities.

The purpose of the meetings, which developed out of theCompetitive Community Program several years ago and are and heldquarterly at local banks or the hospital, is to bring communityofficials together in an effort to inform other leaders aboutwhat’s going on in their respective areas and consider solutions topossible problems. Officials accomplished that goal last week asthey covered a wide variety of topics.

The regular meetings also present a nice picture of a unitedcommunity that is striving to improve in all areas. Unfortunately,the absence of some of leaders leaves that picture a little out offocus.