Barry Appointments

Tuesday morning the Meridian City Council unanimously approved 31-year military veteran Mark McDonald as the city's new chief administrative officer.

For the past year, McDonald has worked as a training support officer at the training facility on board Naval Air Station Meridian.

Barry also appointed Billy Ready, Sr., longtime civil rights attorney and and an early supporter of her campaign, as the new city attorney.

Both say they are bringing ideas and experience to the positions.

"Experience and contacts to the table for a lady who has some magnificent ideas and some innovative approaches to try," said Ready.

"We typically, when you look at us in our totality, are a service oriented economy and if we expect Meridian to grow, we're going to have to have an industrial based economy to do that," McDonald said.

McDonald says he plans to work with Mayor Barry to come up with a strategy to make this happen.

Meanwhile, Barry informed the council about her efforts to establish an education advisory committee that will be made up of people from the city.

"What I want to do is get the community involved in selecting the school board, so we can have the best possible board we've every had," said Barry. "And it'll be the community helping me to make that appointment."

'When it comes to the education committee, Mayor Barry's office is now taking applications where interested participants are being asked what they think needs to be done to move the district forward.

With the 10 to 12 person committee expected to be in place within the next two weeks, Mayor Barry says she plans to make two appointments to the school board within the next six weeks.

Terms have expired for two members have already expired. The term for board vice-president Fred Wile ended in June. The term for George Myers expired in March. Terms are five years in length.

The newest member of the council, Bobby Smith of Ward 5, was voted by the panel to serve as president. Ward 4 councilman Jesse Palmer was chosen as vice-president.


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