Council to Consider Barry Appointments

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email
The Meridian City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on Mayor Cheri Barry

Mayor Cheri Barry

The Meridian City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on Mayor Cheri Barry's appointments for police chief and fire chief. The selections have become highly controversial governmental positions.

At the mayor's request, Police Chief Benny Dubose said last Thursday he would be retiring.

Barry has nominated Lee Shelbourn, the former police chief of Petal, Miss., to take his place. Shelbourn has 39 years of experience in law enforcement.

The Meridian-Lauderdale County Chapter of the NAACP says it's disappointed in this and other appointments made by Barry since she took office in July.

At a Monday news conference, it and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusiveness said Barry has failed to live up to her campaign promise of openness, inclusion, and diversity in city government jobs and positions.

The group said it also believes Barry did not consider minorities in filling open posts on the school board.

In response to all of this discussion, Mayor Barry told Newscenter 11 she only wants the best professionals for each position.

The city council meets at 5 p.m. It's anticipated Barry will submit her appointments for council confirmation.


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