Posts Tagged ‘Sean Tindell’

Judge: Ex-city manager was victim of political vendetta

DIAMONDHEAD — An administrative law judge has found that former Diamondhead city manager Richard Rose was a victim of a political vendetta in the coastal city. “His political bosses used him as a pawn in their schemes to wrangle a little more power for themselves or deprive their rivals of that power,” Judge Nathan Nyberg […] [...]

Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough […] [...]

PERS director opposes change to provisions of ’13th check’

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System says she opposes a bill that would make state and local government retirees wait until they’re 65 to collect an annual cost-of-living adjustment known as the “13th check,” even if they retire years earlier. “The unintended consequences of that bill would be very detrimental […] [...]

Judge nixes plan to convert church into new city hall

DIAMONDHEAD — A Chancery Court judge has blocked the city of Diamondhead’s plans to purchase a Baptist church building as part of an estimated $1.6 million project to convert it into City Hall. The Sun Herald reports Judge Jennifer Schloegel ruled that since the lease-purchase agreement was finished after April 1, the project couldn’t move […] [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Brent Christensen named new head of the Mississippi Development Authority

JACKSON — Brent Christensen has been named the new head of the Mississippi Development Authority. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement during a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Jackson. Christensen, who has been the CEO of the Gainesville (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce the last 10 years, replaces interim director Jim Barksdale, the […] [...]

MDA salary already competitive

The bill that would allow the next Mississippi Development Authority executive director’s salary to receive unlimited supplements didn’t sit on Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk very long. Bryant received House Bill 1349 April 17, and signed it on the same day. The bill takes effect immediately. The bill caps the amount of state money that can […] [...]

MDA salary bill awaits Bryant’s signature

Gov. Phil Bryant received a bill late last week that would allow private money to supplement the salary of whoever is the next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Internet technology pioneer Jim Barksdale currently serves in that position on an interim basis, for the price of $1 a year. His predecessor, Leland Speed, […] [...]

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