Lauderdale County Supervisors Vote to Retain Traveler's Insurance

Meridian, Miss. Lauderdale County's Board of Supervisors debated changing the County's property and casualty insurance provider at it's Monday night meeting. The Mississippi Association of Supervisors offers a state pool for insurance that Supervisor Josh Todd says would save the County money over the current provider. But the quote from the MAS resulted in negotiations with Traveler's Insurance, the company that has insured the county for nearly two decades. In the end, the vote was 4-1 to stay with the county's longtime insurance.

Supervisor Joe Norwood voted to stay wtih Traveler's. "Well, it is our job as the Board of Supervisors to negotiate the best price we can for the employees of Lauderdale County," said Norwood. "And you know as I know, in life, we don't ever get what we truly deserve, we get what we negotiate, and what we have is what we negotiate."

But District Three's Josh Todd says it made sense financially to support the state pool of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. "Traveler's came in at $13,000 higher than the MAS did, but they decided to go with Traveler's," noted Todd, who cast the lone dissenting vote.

In other action, the Board says its opened up accepting applications for the Assistant Director position of the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency. Interested parties will have until March 29th to apply.