Meaning of Supervisors' Vote Confusing

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A vote about Lauderdale County administrator Mike Sumrall at the most recent board of supervisors meeting appears to be in dispute.

During the meeting, supervisors took a 3-2 vote to accept Sumrall's resignation. Or at least that's what appeared to happen.

But there is definitely a lot of confusion on the eleventh floor of the Lauderdale County Annex Building, where county supervisors have their offices, concerning this issue.

What we do know is that county administrator Mike Sumrall has not officially turned in a letter of resignation. He is currently on vacation until Feb. 3.

Newscenter 11 talked to three supervisors Wednesday about what last week's vote actually meant.

"In my opinion, it was just to show that he was going a good job and I think he is doing a good job," said District 2's Wayman Newell.

"I consider it a vote that, if his resignation was rendered, it would be accepted," said Craig Hitt of District 3.

"From my position, I thought the board had voted to accept his resignation and I'm expecting him to turn it in," said District 4's Joe Norwood.

This issue could resurface during Thursday's board work session and the recessed board meeting scheduled for Thursday evening.


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  • by Just me on Jan 31, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Sumrall was doing a good job. I think he was bluffing and didn't expect the result. That was bad judgement on his part, however, I think the residents of Lauderdale County are the ultimate losers. You don't question your bosses. Especially when they think they are all powerful and above the law. Just keep putting them back in office people. And you wonder why Lauderdale County doesn't move forward like Tupelo, Columbus and other thriving areas.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 at 06:14 PM
    well fact is all yip about them but you all keep putting them back in power.. and expect something different.. so who is the bigger fool.. they that never change or you that hear them say tone thing and know over how many years they will never do it... this mess is on the people of the county..
  • by nick papageorgio on Jan 29, 2010 at 02:18 PM
    It's Papageorgio. In case you are having trouble reading English it is pronounced "PA-PA / Jor-Jee / Oh". And it was merely and observation. If my commentary had indeed been false, then I could understand the stupidity claims. An off topic elucidation has no bearing on ones intelligence. Although, in the given context, it would not be entirely out of question for someone to see my comment as an insinuation towards the classic equality of a politician, often characterized as greedy, to the common pig, classically a very fat animal. But then again, that would require some thinking on the readers part.
  • by Ed Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    Our local govenrment, most important our board of supervisors, must support our existing manufacturers and their needs. We cannot afford local industry to continue leaving this area. Support their growth.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    i have always said that the b.o.s. is an embarrassment.ray boswell is the worst.and how these fools keep getting re-elected blows my mind.boswell is only up there trying to keep the spotlight on him.
  • by PEOPLE ARE CRAZY on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    just goes to show that when you do your job and bring up that taxpayers are again getting the shaft... the man in question " joe norwood" wants this man fired because " oh no he caught me!" whos to say it wouldnt have been more than that is this man hadnt caught it. fact of the matter is the board of stupidvisors are a bunch of idiots who really embarrass lauderdale county.. VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!
  • by mm Location: Miss. on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    AND NICK PA?????? or whatever your name is, you are RIDICULOUSLY STUPID!!! Its idiots like you that should have never learned to write, or probably someone else wrote your stupid comment for you!!
  • by nick papageorgio on Jan 28, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Man, that guy is ridiculously fat.
  • by Anita Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    Supervisors, you are such an embarrassment. Get it together. Sumrall resigned and everybody knows it, and now out of the heat of the moment he realizes you don't just up and quit a job if you have one these days.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    Joe Norwood wants him gone because Mike was doing his job. If Mike wouldn't have brought up the fact that Joe was spending inappropriately, the tax payers would have paid $300 of his personal charges.
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