Lauderdale Supervisors Select Officers

Shortly after the convening for the first official meeting of the newly elected Lauderdale County board of supervisors, District 5 supervisor Ray Boswell was elected president of the board by a 3-2 vote, with District 3 supervisor Craig Hitt and District 4 supervisor Joe Norwood opposing.

Over the next year as board president, Boswell said he plans to take a regional approach toward economic development.

"We'll be working our board within the next month or so trying to communicate and try to set up some communities to meet all of our fellow board members in east Mississippi and west Alabama," said Boswell.

Although all of the board members agree about the need for economic development, the differences surface when it comes to the approach.

Early in the meeting, things did get a little heated when Boswell insisted that the board evaluate and approved individually each of the seven planned business trips for supervisors.

"I have to vote against unnecessary spending," said Boswell.

"I'd like to know what trips on here that you think are unnecessary?" said Norwood.

One of the trips that received the most debate was to the International Shopping Center Convention, which will be held in May in Las Vegas.

"I've never been against any trip that I thought was necessary that brought anything back to Lauderdale County," said Boswell. "I've never had any board members to come back and report to me about anything."

"You look at the new mall, that came from there, with the efforts from the city going out there recruiting developers to come in and develop things here," Norwood said. "You look at the Wal-Mart, the Super Wal-Marts and the Lowe's. You look at the new Meridian Crossing, all of those. And I just think those things are very important."

Ultimately supervisors Hank Florey and Hitt agreed when it came to the Nevada trip and the board approved the funding for it, along with four out of the remaining six other planned business trips.

"Even though we are a member of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors we voted today not to go to our own annual conference. That is ridiculous," said Norwood.

"That business on the Lauderdale County board of supervisors will not be business as usual," said Boswell. "We will be busy. "We will try to accomplish something."

The panel has two new members. Florey replaced Eddie Harper in District 1. Harper did not seek re-election. Wayman Newell defeated Jimmie Smith for the District 2 seat. Board members Hitt, Norwood, and Boswell are returning incumbents..

Among other items of business, the board retained the law firm of Bourdeaux and Jones as its legal counsel.

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  • by Kenneth Location: Willow Lake Road on Feb 18, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    I think it is high time for the supervisor to have some road improvements made on Willow Lake Road. The road was in need of repair when we moved here in 2001. It was further damaged in the two floods in April 2003. The road has not been properly repaired since then. I talked to Mr. Jimmy Smith on two occasions about this problem and nothing was done. so, it is high time something is done to improve the situation.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    We Folks don't like Ray because he acts like an idiot. Ray didn't "back down" at JJ's because he was drunk. To suggest that Ray is ths best supervisor in Lauderdale county is absurd.
  • by Jon Location: Meridian on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    Ray, stop posting comments about yourself and using the name "Mark."
  • by mark on Jan 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    Ray Boswell is by far,THE best supervisor that Lauderdale County has ever had. All you folks don't like him because he speaks the truth and he lets his opinion be known. He takes care of all the law abiding people in his district. About the JJ incident,he did nothing more than any other white man would do. Those black boys tried to start a fight, and Ray was not going to back down. I feel Lauderdale County needs a whole board of Ray Boswells. Millions of dollars will be saved, and alot less trips/vactions will be taken at OUR expense. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
  • by Jim Location: Meridian on Jan 9, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    How does this embarrassing hillbilly continue to get elected, much less given the position of president of the board?
  • by buddy on Jan 9, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    This just goes to show that after the election of most of the same losers, and the election of the worst supervisor in the state, we will have four more years of nothing happening in lauderdale county.
  • by Robyn Dickerson Location: Quitman on Jan 8, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    Ray Boswell president!!! This will be a lot to watch on the news this year...what a hot head!! Maybe he could get together with the Clarke County Board and have dinner on Clarke County and sell tickets...what a hoot!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    It is time common sense prevailed.
  • by John Location: Meridian on Jan 7, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    Ray Boswell is president?! Woo Hoo! Board meetings at JJ's! Beer and lap dances 1/2 price for all city employees!
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