New Governor Takes Action

Shortly after taking office, Gov. Haley Barbour issued an executive order to reestablish the Mississippi Military Communities Council.

“Our state’s military bases are extremely important and valuable to our national security and our economy,” Barbour said. “With another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) starting in 2005, we must become more focused on protecting Mississippi’s military bases."

Barbour said Mississippi’s military bases directly employ approximately 36,000 people and have an annual payroll of more than $1.2 billion.

The Mississippi Military Communities Council will advise Mississippi’s executive and legislative officials about the ongoing efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense that would impact military installations located in Mississippi.

Additionally, the Mississippi Military Communities Council will advise state and legislative officials regarding opportunities to enhance, expand, or improve missions, programs, facilities, operations on or affecting the military installations in Mississippi.

A separate and unrelated executive order established a Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

“A fair and impartial judiciary is essential to the protection of the rights and freedoms of the citizens of our state,” Gov. Barbour said. “Only the most qualified, conscientious, dedicated and reputable people should be appointed to serve the public as judges. Whenever a vacancy occurs and it becomes my duty to appoint someone to the bench, everyone who is interested in that job would first be vetted by this Committee.”

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee will review all applications for judicial appointments and make recommendations in the case of a vacancy arising in the Mississippi Supreme Court, Chancery and Circuit Courts, and the County Courts.

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee will consist of 31 members appointed by the governor. The members of the Committee will include the Chairman and ten attorneys from each of the state’s Supreme Court Districts.

Members of the Committee will serve a two-year term and any member can be eligible for reappointment. No member of the Committee can be eligible for an appointment to judicial office while serving on the Committee.