Meridian, Miss. New Civil Service commissioner Alexia Rushing was front and center at a specially called Civil Service meeting on Wednesday evening. Rushing wasted no time getting in on the decision making process with the other three commissioners.
"It feels awesome," Rushing exclaims. "I feel special, I feel blessed, and I know that the Lord put me here for a reason. And I hope that I can help people. And I just feel great."
While four commissioners were on hand this week, there is still no decision on a new chairperson or a new secretary. In the meantime, Robert Stockton will remain as acting chairperson. The commission met just one week ago to fill those positions. That meeting was put on hold until this week because one of the three commissioners at the time was not in attendance, which prevented official business from taking place. There was some progress during this latest meeting, including designating a commissioner to review employment practices within the city.
"The mayor had proposed a commission composed of a member of his office, a member from the city council, a member from the civil service commission to look into all the employment practices of the city," city attorney Michael Goggans explains.
Meanwhile, Rushing says she has a lot of preparing to do to get ready for future meetings. She says she will be doing a lot of reading and a lot of studying.
"Because I want to be fair and I want to be honest and I want to be me," Rushing stresses. "I don't want to be persuaded by anyone else. I want to be able to make my own decisions and i believe I'm going to be able to do that."
The next meeting is set for Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 on the third floor of Meridian City Hall.