The Jackson City Council has confirmed Mayor Tony Yarber’s appointees to the Historic Preservation Commission, Jackson Zoo Board, Jackson School Board and a new director of Planning and Development. The mayor has appointed Eric Anthony Jefferson director of Planning and Development. Jefferson is currently a transportation engineer and planner with Stantec Consulting. He was previously employed as the engineering manager for CivilTech Inc., where he worked as project manager and design engineer for various public works, residential, industrial, institutional, commercial and mixed use projects.
Yarber has nominated Camille Simms and Dr. Richard Lind for the school board. Lind is the residing pastor of Morning Star MB Church in Utica. He also serves as the dean of Department of Theology at New Foundation Theology Seminary. Lind is currently serving as the director of food service for Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Simms is the co-owner of the Royal Bleu Boutique, located on the campus of Jackson State University. She is also an independent insurance broker.
Yarber has appointed Catherine Cooper, Plavis Patterson and Dr. Virginia Cora to the Jackson Zoo Board. Cooper is a retired Jackson Public Schools employee. She worked in the district as a vocational counselor and a guidance counselor. Patterson is the owner of a diabetic foot care facility and founder of The Polish Foundation, a nonprofit that addresses homelessness. Cora is professor emeritus, providing consultation on the graduate nursing program at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.
Yarber has appointed Dr. George Washington, Jeffrey Seabold, Gean Tucker Johnson and Dr. Rico Chapman to the Historic Preservation Board. Washington is retired from Jackson State University, where he once served as associate director of the Health Careers Program. Tucker is risk manager at JSU and previously worked as an underwriter for Mississippi Farm Bureau. Chapman is academic director at JSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Institute. Seabold has a firm that specializes in a mix of commercial and residential new construction and remodel projects.
Yarber appointed Rosie Pridgen to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. Pridgen served in a dual role as superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Blind and interim superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf from 2006 to 2009. She’s currently an education consultant.