Harris Addresses Firing

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email
Meridian City Councilman John Harris tells his side of the story regarding his recent termination from Mississippi University of Women.

John C. Harris

Ward 5 Meridian city councilman John Harris doesn't face opposition in the primary, but he is fielding questions about his recent termination as police chief at the Mississippi University of Women and the future of his campaign.

Harris was seeking re-election as councilman in and was employed as the police chief at MUW in Columbus.

School officials said he couldn't do both and they were under the impression he would not be running for office.

Councilman Harris disputes that. He said MUW vice president Perry Sansing, who has been handling the job process for Harris, was aware he was running for re-election, although Harris admitted he never told Sansing personally.

Harris says his run for re-election was never a problem until a few days after he was hired when someone contacted Mr. Sansing asking questions about his employment. Harris says he believes it was a bullying tactic to get him to remove his name from the ballot and Harris says he wasn't going to give in.

"He wanted me to say that I was going to get out of the race. But that was never an issue at the beginning; that was never in my contract. There was never anything said contractually that I had to get out of the race because they knew I was in the race when they hired me," said Harris.

Harris says he held the position as police chief from Monday, April 20, to Friday, May 1. Harris faces Republican Bobby Smith in the general election on June 2.


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  • by charles on May 6, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    wow,charles it sounds like you have an inside track/wisdom on whats possible and whats not possible.give me you wisdom sir on the out come of the general election?you can save us from speculation and save the candidates and their supporters a bunch of money.
  • by Charles on May 5, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    I can care less about Harris, and you as well. If I want to express my opinion, I have every right to! Do I know him well....Maybe, Maybe not. How bout you take a guess. Seal your vote, Congratulations on wasting a ballot! How bout you start helping him with his campaign, maybe with your strong help, he will win! Then again, no, that not possible....So as I stated before, SERVES HIM RIGHT!
  • by charles on May 5, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    thanks GOD!we have heard you.are you running for office?if mr harris runs for any political i will vote for him just because there are so many or one or two repeated posters hating this him. i have never seen so much attention given to one person.this seals my vote for him. you mentioned his family-friends-people-others.you must know mr harris well.is at this man that important or is it fear thats causing so much attention.hes just a man.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    Is it true that Charles Young Jr. has already qualified for his daddy seat?
  • by Betty Location: Meridian on May 5, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    RE:Posted by: Anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 07:19 PM Is Betty Mr. Sansing's signifant other? she knows a lot also. No, I am not Mr Sansings signifant other. However I do know Mr Harris's signifant other and believe me there is a lot not yet out on Mr Harris.
  • by CHARLES Location: MERIDIAN on May 5, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    DO YOU ALL SERIOUSLY EXPECT JOHN HARRIS TO PROSPER IN ANYTHING AFTER HOW HE HAS WRONGED PEOPLE IN THE PAST...HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND OTHERS. SERVES HIM RIGHT!
  • by voter on May 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    jerry,why dont you just vote your mind.what do you do for a living sir. why do you seek to destroy someones charater.why dont you call this mr harris for yourself, i did and now i know why.i must admit that i had the man wrong.we didnt agree on every point, but now i respect him for the williness to discuss the issues.do you know the reason why he did those things that you serted.sometimes folks dont want to know the real truth and i was not saying that you are one.does it take such things to win a political race. you couldnt pay me enough to go through such hammering.
  • by Steve Location: ward 5 on May 5, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Mr. Harris is always accessible to his people of Ward 5 his number is on his business cards and always in the meridian star. I know he will want to speak to you(601)938-5252 please call him. Mr. Harris is good christian man just as you are.
  • by voter on May 4, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    why is mr harris such an issue all of the time?it must be something about this fellow to undergo so many negative comments.i am a voter too and a christian and i think i want to talk with him in person.i not saying that i will vote for him, but something is not adding up here.that why i stay out of politics because it brings out the worse in folks. does anyone have his number?
  • by Voter Location: Lauderdale County on May 4, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    The "truth" will occur at the voting machines on Tuesday.
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