Meridian, Miss. Meridian now has just three Civil Service commissioners after one was removed and another recently resigned.
There was plenty of sitting and standing around, but no action taken during a specially called Civil Service meeting on Wednesday evening. The purpose of the meeting was to elect a new chairperson and new secretary, but that didn't happen because commissioner Frederick Liddell could not attend.
"Had a conflict with his work and kind of a last minute thing that prevented him from being able to come to the meeting for us to have a quorum," Civil Service attorney Henry Palmer explains.
Before the specially called meeting, it was believed there were four commissioners remaining after chairman John Watts was removed during a special hearing earlier in the month. However, commissioners in attendance revealed that commissioner Carol Smith recently handed in her resignation for personal reasons, making for just three commissioners now.
"The Civil Service commissioners, the three members remaining, have stated unofficially that they are committed to moving forward as quickly as possible with all the trials," city attorney Michael Goggans says. "We will be in discussions with the other attorney's involved in these appeals in order to schedule these trials as quickly as possible."
Palmer says this meeting is a perfect example of how not having enough commissioners can make for challenging times. Bylaws require at least three commissioners to be present in order for official business to be carried out.
"That's just one other problem that we have to deal with," Palmer adds.
Another meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of Meridian City Hall to address the issues not addressed during Wednesday's meeting.