Barry: "Change Isn't Easy"

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Meridian's mayor has made some changes in the city's department heads since taking office, the most recent Tuesday evening.

Barry appointed Tim Miller to be Homeland Security director, replacing the city's first such director Bunky Partridge. The city council confirmed the appointment.

Barry also reappointed city clerk, Ed Skipper, and recreation director, Mark Naylor.

That leaves the fate of several department heads still undetermined. They serve at the pleasure of the mayor. Barry says the departments heads in question are well aware that she is evaluating their positions.

Newscenter 11 spoke by phone with Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose, who said he is aware of rumors about him, but he said he has not talked about his future with the mayor and has no plans to retire.

The others include Public Works Director Monty Jackson, Fire Chief Jeff Homan, and Community Development Director Don Farrar.

Barry said she is taking her time building her team and hasn't made decisions on the four remaining positions.

"This is not the easiest part, making change," said Barry. "Change isn't easy for anyone. I want this community to trust me. I'm not playing politics. I'm looking for the very best team to push us into the 21st century."

Barry has praised Partridge's work, but said it's time the Department of Homeland Security move in a different direction. Partridge said Wednesday by phone that he respects the mayor and council's decision.

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