Monday, June 3, 2013

Carnage in Canton (Updated). Is John Bell the new Ronnie Chappell?

Supervisors fire Overby and Hall. Votes to buy bank building for tax assessor and collector.


Updated: The Madison County Journal reported more details on the meeting last night:

"Madison County supervisors fired the county administrator tonight without giving any reason and made a multitude of other changes, including moving their meeting time.

Madison County Administrator David Overby was dismissed during the bi-monthly meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

No reason was given for the action, which was done in executive session. The vote passed 3-2. Supervisors Karl Banks, John Bell Crosby and Paul Griffin voted in favor of the dismissal. Gerald Steen and Ronnie Lott voted against.

Comptroller Shelton Vance was named interim County Administrator.

Overby's dismissal came amidst several changes by what appears to be the new majority voting block. Crosby, Griffin and Banks proposed a handful of other changes in a matter of minutes at the end of the meeting.

Included were:
*The firing of Strategic Marketing, a public relations firm hired by the county last year.
*Moving the meeting time from 6 p.m. back to the previously scheduled 9 a.m.
*Replacing Steen with Crosby on the budget committee and Central Mississippi Planning and Development District.
*Moving forward with a new road plan that includes spending $700,000 for a lake project near Sharon in northeast Madison County.

Supervisors also approved moving forward with the purchase of Community Bank in Madison to be the new county annex building.

Supervisors have previously voted against the many attempts by Crosby to move forward with the purchase
."

These actions were a huge slap to Gerald Steen. The board fired his boys, Heath Hall (Strategic Marketing Group) and David Overby. It was no secret Steen opposed the purchase of the building. Huggie Bear said the word on the street was Gene McGee wanted the tax collector and tax assessor to move in to the current building housing Ridgeland PD after RPD eventually moved into a new building. The problem is, the current building housing those two offices suffers from several structural issues.

Is John Bell becoming another Tim Johnson or Ronnie Chappell? The election is over and now he can show his true colors. Mr. Crosby voted with Karl and Paul last night. The question about last night's actions is whether where there were truly any good guys in this fight. However, there is one vote Mr. Crosby took that should concern everyone: moving the meetings back to 9:00 AM. Apparently the board likes to have their meetings when no one can attend. Keep in mind Karl, Paul, and John Bell refused to second a motion by D.I. Smith a few years ago to study putting the meetings on the county website.

Welcome to a bi-partisan and bi-racial politics. Doug, Bennie, and Ronnie, Paul, Tim, and Karl, and now Paul, Karl, and John Bell. Ebony and ivory......

23 comments:

Carrying Bennie's Water said...

Mayor and Crosby are in agreement that Jackson State branch will have contract to manage Nissan plant following union vote.

Kingfish submits successful bid to advertise all requests for proposal for minority contractors.

Anonymous said...

Madison County seems to go through County Administrators at an alarming pace........

Anonymous said...

Who profits from the purchase of the bank building?

Anonymous said...

It really is simple. The shellacking Crosby took in the recent race for Mayor revealed how truly weak he is while the debate exposed him as a bumbling idiot. He's a goner in 2015. A GONER. Between now and then JBC will be all about retribution.

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of Crosby. Steen is a snake.

Anonymous said...

Central Miss. Planning and Development is over the metro planning of federal and state road projects. There may be some change in how the "new 3" want road money spend.

Anonymous said...

Now that Overby is gone maybe they will now go after the HR director who is nothing more than a Tim Johnson plant.

bill said...

You skipped the short but important period of Karl, Paul and Gerald when the millage increase was approved. At this point everyone should clearly see that it's never been Tim Johnson or Gerald Steen or John Bell Crosby pulling the strings on the board - Karl Banks is the man, and will remain so as long as JBC follows his instructions.

Kingfish said...

I always thought that about Karl. He's smarter than the entire Hinds BOS put together, except for Phil Fisher of course.

Anonymous said...

Karl Banks is a player, no doubt. However, Heath Hall should have never been hired in the first place. That was a sweetheart political hire, as was the lobbying contract with Steve Seale last term. It was engineered by Steen. Republican used to criticize this, but now that they have the votes, they are doing the same thing. The only one on the Board who is truly acting with integrity and with the good of the county in mind is Ronnie Lott.

Anonymous said...

John Bell is dumb.

Ronnie Lott is learning and thus far appears to want to do what is right.

Gerald Steen is very savvy politically and is a snake.

Paul Griffin is honest and a good guy, but only worries about his very rural district. He wants all money spent paving gravel roads with two houses on them.

Karl is smart and politically savvy. He does get a lot of stuff done without the redtape BS. Karl is the best at getting stuff done and actually accomplishing things that need doing. I'm just not sure it is always on the up and up.

Madison County always seems to have crooks (Elvis) or honest people who want to meet, plan, and basically be bureaucrats while nothing actually gets done (DI Smith). I long for the days of leaders who can actually get work done while doing it honestly.

Anonymous said...

10:31 - good assessment. Best summary I have seen of the situation.

Anonymous said...

Everyone needs to remember its been over a year since the new board took office and Elvis was put out.

Now Overby is out and the county needs a new County Admin. It would not suprise me in the least to see the county hire Tim 'Elvis' Johnson as county admin.

The county has not heard the last of Elvis or his cronies !

Anonymous said...

And Elvis still drives the Crown Vic with black windows, If I'm not mistaken.

Look for Timmy to return.
Look for JBC to appear in jumpsuit.
Look for pickle spill, aisle 14.

Back When Thangs Was Good said...

I'm looking for a photo of David Richardson with the caption: "Miss Me Yet?"

It's out there somewhere.

Micah Gober said...

David (Road Grader) Richardson...hehe

Anonymous said...

@ 10:03 You must have never watched Ronnie Lott at a BOS meeting. He doesnt have a clue as to whats going on, probably the dumbest board member in history. Brags about wanting to cut the "FAT" while riding around in his new Tahoe. Voted to give apartments a TAX deduction,(Ronnie a City of Madison Supervisor?) His solution to the budget was to hold up a sign. Must have been watching "Occupy Madison County" on TV. Voted to build a 1.5 million dollar PARK in northern Madison County while voting against a BIGGER AND NEWER COUNTY ANNEX at the entrance of The City of Madison which is in his district. Not acting with integrity, acting like anothe ONE-TERM MISTAKE!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Steen, Overby and Hall all do Gene Magee bidding. They tried to screw Gerald Barbour. He hadnt done anything to them but they wanted to tell him where he was going to do business. So what happened? Gerald told them I WILL TAKE THAT BUILDING AND I WILL HAVE 2 OF YOUR LITTLE PUPPETS FIRED FOR MESSING WITH ME. So who is the REAL politician in all this? GERALD Barbour! So what no one seems to be asking is HOW DID BARBOUR GET THE BOS TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE AGAIN BACK TO FAVOR HIM? Remember, first they voted in favor of the bank building, then against, then back again. We know why they voted against, it was so Barbour would have to move his office in Gene Magee city building. Gerald Steen is Michael Corleone in GF2. Remember when the Senator tried to shake MC down for the casino...Michael said "SENATOR, YOU CAN HAVE MY ANSWER NOW IF YOU LIKE. MY FINAL OFFER IS THIS: NOTHING. NOT EVEN THE FEE FOR THE GAMING LICENSE, WHICH I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD PUT UP PERSONALLY." BOOM! DONE! Always remember, when you screw with someone, they get a vote on how its gonna play out! Thus endeth the lesson!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Overby's probably about as qualified as they come for this job. It's not the first time he's lost a job, and I hope he comes out OK.

Anonymous said...

Ben Bowman: "You set him up kinda neat for an elderly college professor." Jonathan Hemlock: "You got me in shape. - Ben Bowman: "It's not that.You set him up like you were used to setting people up."
-The Eiger Sanction Gerald Steen got SET UP and LAID OUT

Anonymous said...

Tim Johnson and one of his cronies, a former county road department "business manager" will be coming back. Former road dept business manager was in the court house last night when everything came down. He didnt have his saxophone with him though so he could play overby a sad song.

Rumor has it that former road dept business manager has been patronizing Tulane in City of Madison studying for a degree in "Homeland Security and Emergency Management".

Anonymous said...

Madison County is the most corrupt country in the state. If Tim "Elvis" Johnson comes back I predict plenty of indictments. John Bell is a rube!!!!!!! Go figure........

Anonymous said...

yes, much worse than hinds county. right...

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