Meridian, Miss. Meridian's Mayor Percy Bland is disappointed, as his appointment for the City's Chief Administrative Officer remains in limbo.
Meridian's City Council tackled a number of things on the agenda for the new city administration Tuesday night, but not the confirmation of Curt Goldacker as the City's CAO. Goldacker was first presented to the Council for a confirmation vote back on July 2nd, but the Council tabled it, expressing concern he needed 90-days to transition from his position with NAS-Meridian. Mayor Bland then hired Goldacker to work in the position as a temporary employee until he can be confirmed. Tonight, instead of calling for a vote on the Mayor's appointment, the Council dismissed everyone in the chambers except for Mayor Bland and Goldacker, then went into executive session to deal with personnel matters. An hour and a half later, the Council emerged and announced no action would be taken on the appointment. Council President George Thomas: "The Council as a whole decided to take no action on that." When asked why, Thomas replied, "I can't get into those details. The Council just decided not to take any action."
Meanwhile Mayor Bland says he will just keep working. "Keep showing what we're trying to do for this City," Bland replied.
The Council also passed a weapons ordinance this evening, banning all weapons from city buildings and properties, including ball fields. Council members did confirm four appointments to boards and commissions tonight. Scotty Bailey and Georgia Carol Walker will serve on the Bonita Lakes Development Authority, while Jesse Palmer and Angela Payne were confirmed to the Transportation Commission.