The Search for Meridian's New Chief Administrative Officer

Meridian, Miss. Since the Meridian City Council voted unanimously to suspend the city's previous chief administrative officer, Curt Goldacker, Mayor Percy Bland has been on the hunt for a new candidate. Goldacker's pay was suspended Nov. 20, beginning the 90-day deadline for the mayor to find a replacement. He's looking for someone who can exemplify one characteristic in particular: leadership.

"Someone who can handle the day to day operations with a city the size of Meridian with complex issues of day to day, seven or eight departments, who can deal with issues from the standpoint of public relations and the media, working with the city council to get things done, and to basically be another voice with this mayor to help further promote the agenda of this administration," the mayor said.

Mayor Bland says he wants to be very forthcoming about the position's availability. And he says he's expecting plenty of qualified applicants.

"Whoever thinks that they can be that person to bring the type of energy and excitement to make that happen in this city, I think we will have a lot of good qualified people to apply for this position," he said.

If you think you're qualified and interested in a position as chief administrative officer for the Queen City, you can email your resume to You have until Dec. 11 to apply for the position.

"I think it will be a very competitive position," he said.