RECENT CONTROVERSY INVOLVING THE APPOINTMENT OF A FIRE CHIEF FOR MERIDIAN WAS DISCUSSED BRIEFLY AT MONDAY'S COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS MEETING.
CITY COUNCILMAN JESSE PALMER HAD SUGGESTED A BLACK CANDIDATE WAS BEST QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB. MAYOR JOHN ROBERT SMITH APPOINTED 21-YEAR VETERAN, TIM MILLER, WHO
PALMER STRESSED IN THIS MEETING THAT GOVERNMENT ENTITIES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE FAIR. THE REV. GERALD HUDSON, WHO CHAIRS THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION, AGREED.
"We need to understand when people say 'race' and people are racists or bigoted because they make a statement about being inclusive....race does matter," said Hudson. "And it does matter when you have people who understand your plight, your position, your situation."
THE DISCUSSION MOVED ON TO POSSIBLY SUSPENDING C.O.G. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.
BUT CONSULTANT DR. KATHY BAXTER POINTED OUT THAT C.O.G. OFFERS DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTS THE CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES BEFORE THEY BECOME LARGE PROBLEMS.