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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