Group Questions Other Barry Appointments

Aside from the appointment of a new chief of police in Meridian, members of the NAACP and newly-formed Committee for Diversity and Inclusion are calling attention to concerns they have about other appointments.

In a news release, it says Mayor Cheri Barry "has demonstrated the inability to fulfill campaign promises by virtue of the fact that she has only appointed white males in top level positions while failing to appoint blacks, females or other minorities for top city government positions."

It also expressed concern with the mayor's recent appointments to the school board where they say both new members are from the same ward and that both have PhDs.

"I feel like they should reflect the entire community. I feel like they shouldn't all come from one ward," said Casandra Sloan, a member of the mayoral advisory committee. "I believe that it should be inclusive of all the city and not just one or two wards. We have five wards and we need to be represented."

According to Sloan, members of the advisory committee that Barry organized to help with the school board selection were not allowed to interview any of the candidates.

Newscenter 11 has learned that Barry will name the former Meridian battalion chief, Anthony Clayton, as the next fire chief, replacing current chief, Jeff Homan.

Clayton retired from the Meridian Fire Department earlier this year. He was a longtime city firefighter. If he is confirmed, Clayton will become the city's first African-American fire chief.

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  • by KingtoALL Location: My Throne on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    The city has to come together at some point and stop all the color issues. Do the black community have reason to think that they are being left out? Yes. As Mayor she has a right to place into office who she wants, BUT she also has the duty to look out for the ENTIRE City and that includes whites, blacks and hispanics. No one is asking to be put above any one else.. just that it be EQUAL
  • by Maurice on Sep 15, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    Thank you Jim, you are exactly correct
  • by Resident Location: meridian on Sep 15, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    I feel the mayor has a right to hire who she choose to lead meridian in the right direction,just like President Obama has the same right to lead this nation in the right direction
  • by Marching to Zion Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    Let's march together, maybe people will THINK we are a community on one accord. To stuperiority-Before slinging mud at Loretta Bennett, make sure your words are spelled correctly. Try using spell check or a dictionary so you won't appear to be ignorant. Why not volunteer to help Loretta earn her GED? After all, Meridian is known for helping the less fortunate.
  • by Lynn Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    Thumbs up Shell & Ricky- point well made. Turned around the other way, that sounds like discrimination- right Diva??
  • by who cares Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Can't we all just sing Kumbaya?
  • by stuperiority Location: outta here on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Would someone please get Lorretta Bennett to shut up??? Reading her commnets makes me embarrassed for her. She is demonstrating ebonics at its best with her writing skills. Hey Loretta, I sure am glad you weren't even considered for any position. By the way...If you are wishing to remove someone from office, you would like to see them "impeached" not impeach (there are different tenses for words if you weren't aware) Do us all a favor, take some of this pent up enery and motivation that you have and get your GED, so we can have one less ignorant person in Meridian.
  • by Shell Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    The white community will be marching at the city council meeting tonight at 5pm, please make a pickett sign and join us!
  • by Ricky Location: Marion on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    The white community will not have time to make signs and march at 5pm because they will be at work and going home to take care of their families afterward.
  • by Lisa Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    When will people see past the race/gender issue? I don't care what a person's skin color is or if they are male or female. I want the person who is appointed to be the most qualified for the position. Black, white, blue, yellow or purple, he or she, it doesn't matter as long as they can do the job and do it well.
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