Friday, May 27, 2016

Kishia quits. (Updated)

Jackson Public Works Director Kishia Powell resigned her position today.
Sent from my BlackBerry Passport

Update (5/28/16, 3:20 PM): Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

Department of Public Works Director Kishia Powell has submitted her resignation. Mayor Tony T. Yarber said "Director Powell has rendered amazing service to the City of Jackson since her arrival in 2014. We celebrate her as she transitions to the next phase of her career."

Powell said she is thankful for the opportunity to have served the Citizens of Jackson.

"I thank the DPW team for their hard work and diligence and know that it will continue. Many thanks to the Mayor for his support as I make my way home."

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really!

Anonymous said...

You were in over your head. Literally. And you were the highest paid city employee in the state? What a joke.
Mayor will to promote from within. No one in their right mind will take a 1 year job as Yarber is a less than one termer only. Might as well make Socs Interim. Got nothing to lose and he's running the department anyway.

Anonymous said...

#DavidWillis4PWDirector!!!

Anonymous said...

I bet captain smith wished he could have just resigned his position after the titanic hit the iceberg.

Anonymous said...

its a shame she was allowed to last this long...Capital I,incompetent.But hey, her bosses didn't know she was incompetent because they are..it doesn't get any simpler than fixing potholes!!

Anonymous said...

One member of the city council runs the public works department? Gonna need to explain that, 8:03.

Anonymous said...

LOLOLOL, and right after the JFP interview practically beatifying her.

Anonymous said...

8:03, perhaps she understood more than you do.

Anonymous said...

After an less than scathing, fluff interview with the Jackson Free Press, Powell throws in the towel. DonnerKay for Mayor. Winning.

Anonymous said...

Bye Felicia....uggghhhh...,I mean Keisha!

Anonymous said...

I think 8:03 was referring to Socrates Garrett. But why? We know he has not power, he's just a poor struggling minority contractor who can't catch a break in this rigged system. /sarcasm

Anonymous said...

Amazing someone that paid can't find a decent hairdresser. Or maybe she could find the time

They's A Plan said...

They'll line up for the opportunity to have this job for a year or year and a half. Nice salary boost. Almost zero expectations. Nobody knows which way the ship is supposed to sail anyway. PERS escalates. And after the next election, they can always go to Canton or Bolton and run for mayor.

Anonymous said...

I bet she's taking that detail with her where ever she goes. I don't blame her. He's fine.com

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute! By resigning on a furlough day, didn't she violate some kind of non-work clause??? I think she needs to re-submit it Tuesday when Gus and Marshand are back in the office again.

Anonymous said...

So she took a 3 month paid leave of absence, then returned and fired the whistleblower, and now she resigns? Why did she wait so long. Rehire the whistleblower and cut the back pay exposure.

Anonymous said...

Apparently all the local news outlets were on furlough also, because they haven't said a thing yet.

Any rumors about why Colendula Green was relieved of her duties as spokesman for the police dept?

Anonymous said...

Willie Bell! Willie Bell! Willie Bell! Might as well go ahead give him a head start since Junior is going to be next mayor and he can really change the morale with his singing voice. Lol.

Anonymous said...

ALL this means is that the mayor will replace her with an equally incompetent African American. I will bet my life savings on it. If the mayor would appoint anyone other than an AA (which he won't), he would be classified as a sell-out. Rather than appointing the most qualified candidate, he will appoint an AA-regardless of his/her qualifications. Please understand I'm not saying all AAs would not be qualified. I'm only saying that he limits his pool of qualified candidates based on the race requirement. I will say the exact same thing about the police spokesperson (if it's true that she's leaving). You would think the City of Jackson leadership would learn-Hire THE most qualified person to do the job and the get the hell out of the way & let them succeed. Instead, let's just keep making the same mistakes over and over and over. That way, we will go no where and continue having the same crap we have. Mayor & police chief----we're watching. Please do the right thing!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kishia, may all your water be leaded and the future path of your life be littered with potholes that ravage and ultimately consume your incompetent soul. Can I get an Amen?

Anonymous said...

9:24, in a perfect world you are absolutely right. But the most qualified would never even apply for the job. Too many things against them: short time frame for job as 13 months till a new mayor, a council that doesn't trust current mayor, wrong skin color, incompetitant minority hiring system, massive infrastructure problems with little money…just to name a few.
Any qualified applicant other than AA should have their head examined.

Anonymous said...

After all the mess she has created, she then resigns?? She has had a hand in many people losing their jobs who were only trying to do the right thing. I hope she reaps what she sows along with the crooked Mayor, Jason, Marshand and Gus. The Council wouldn't allow them to steal the City's money by approving those ridiculous contractors for lucrative projects so she she's out. Let's see what unqualified crook is appointed next. This is by far the WORST administration Jackson has ever seen. Can't fill potholes but they can try to fill their pockets. Next Yarber, the rest of the crew and his women need to go next. The City is tired and we deserve better!

Devine St. Bando said...

Fawned over Wright and fawned over Powell but nothing out of Donner's weekly events bulletin about revelations involving either party last week.

Departure.of.Jackson's.DPW.Female.Head.Honcho.and.infrastructure.master.planner.would.otherwise.be.major.breaking.news. No?

Anonymous said...

Why is this not being reported anywhere else?

Anonymous said...

9:24, 9:30, 10:42, 11:17- AMEN to each of you. Right on point! I wish the Mayor and his team COULD read, and then I wish they WOULD read these posts.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest bringing in federal oversight and start searching as to where the money is being spent. But, that would be racist.

Anonymous said...

Journalists need rumors to be substantiated. Yesterday looks like Yarber was in San Francisco stumping for Hils. Lots of city employees were on furlough yesterday due to the city's budget situation. So give ethical journalism a chance.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to Atlanta. Y'all thought hosting those olympics were a disaster. Wonder if Powell will need a bodyguard there?

Anonymous said...

And by "...make my way home" she means make her to the unemployment office.

PLEASE Tony Yarber-hire a competent person and not more bullshit idiot political favors who have no experience. Go to a real leader in the state and ask them to help you hire a competent person. Also, run them by Stokes and get his opinion. If he hates them, then you're hiring the right person!

Anonymous said...

You go girl! You GO!

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it she is in poor mental and physical health exacerbated by the stress of working in Jackson. She had accepted a job heading up the Atlanta water department so I hear. Watch Coca-Cola stocks nosedive.

Tricia Transtulip said...

May 28, 2016 at 12:35 PM:

Journalists need rumors to be substantiated.

It wasn't a rumor.

So give ethical journalism a chance.

Jackson Jambalaya is journalism and is ethical journalism.

Anonymous said...

So Socs isn't the main man? But yet he's the one quoted all in the CL article? Also, not a very good plug for the job with his negative comments about her future if she stayed here. What a moron. And he has Yarber's ear and wallet. No wonder the bottom is very near.

C.J. LeMaster said...

Tricia,

Anything not independently verified is usually regarded as rumor.

Plus, when Kingfish posted this he didn't cite a source, just stated it as fact. Granted he's hardly ever wrong and incredibly thorough, but even the most seasoned journalist knows you need to attribute your sources.

Anything not sourced to a person or entity is opinion, unless the author witnessed it firsthand. If I saw Kishia Powell hand over the resignation myself, I wouldn't need to attribute that information.

Given a source wasn't mentioned, it's likely most journalists in the metro didn't want to risk going forward with it unless they had independent confirmation, which we got after reaching out (sometimes unsuccessfully) to several council members, Shelia Byrd, and even Powell herself.

Kingfish was confident enough in his sources to know it was true, yet didn't want to risk putting where he got the information either because a) he wanted to own it and didn't want others contacting the source, if named, or b) he couldn't disclose the source because those were the conditions of him being able to receive the information.

Either way, he broke it first. Mad props, as the kids say.

White's Need Not Apply said...

What a waste of time, 10:59.

The more interesting story will be taking a look at her final travel and expense report. Errybody know to pad that one real good like.

Anonymous said...

The first thought that came to mind was"The rats always leave a sinking ship".

Anonymous said...

The DPW Director appeared very smart and experienced. She approached all the issues from a technical standpoint. The issue she faced and others will face is that she got damaged by politics. She had to put on her game face and try to make political boneheaded decisions forced on her by The administration look like they were her decisions reach by a fair process. This will affect all future and has impacted all past DPW Directors. Also, not using metro based businesses to provide services has allowed many out of state firms with one room offices to take tax payer dollars out of the local economy. Many local firms who pay plenty of taxes are having to layoff workers and reduce the size of operations because of Tony's quest for spreading the work. This will further damage his tax base as more established Jackson businesses pack up and head for greener pastures. So I think the DPW Director did the smart thing, that is abandoning ship due to have to fight the political mess that exist not to her making. What would you do if you had to take the blame for forced political decisions that people think we're be made by you.

Anonymous said...

@10:26, you are about 18 months behind the curve. There are more dangerous people than Soc.

Lt. Graham Might Withdraw said...

She knew she was in over her head. Up until recently very people knew her name and almost nobody had ever seen her on camera or in the paper. So, she didn't 'put on a game face' or feel damaged by politics. She had a small empire and an elaborately furnished office, a municipal vehicle and all the perks that come with a tremendous salary in a corrupt administration.

The way Barrett-Simon-Barrett looked on television this morning, the city was blind-sided and is scared shitless now as to how to proceed. But, they'll cobble together some small group of half-way competent junior staff and try to keep the doors open, a few potholes filled and pipe contracts flying.

Anonymous said...

8:52 - Enough with the excuses. Bright? She was terribly unimpressive. Remember when she broke down crying and fled her press conference? Was that her game face?

Anonymous said...

If we change the flag magically the water department will collect all bills, yarber might seem educated and all black on black crime will cease! Perfect harmony. God bless Kenneth

Anonymous said...

Are we talking about the same person and the same city?
Amazing service, if I remember right more people are stealing water than paying for it.
Hard work and diligence, how hard is setting in the shade or leaning on a shovel watching the water flow down the street?
I think there has been a mistake made. What city and person are we really talking about?

Anonymous said...

8:52

Is you Kishia's momma?

Sit, Set, Sat said...

There's 12:32 again....setting.

Anonymous said...

11:38, We are discussing a person who beat the tax payers out of a lot of money. We are also talking about a mayor that hid the fact from the taxpayers. You are more interested in an E instead of an I. Sure have your priorities straight don't you.
Do you work for the city?

Anonymous said...

6:08 - I haven't heard anything about ofc Green being relieved, is this why Tyree Jones has been making a lot of the tv appearances lately?

Anonymous said...

graham the legend will rehire her when he becomes mayor.

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Loading...

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Who is the hottest reporter?

Archives

Who is the Hottest Reporter in Jackson?

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
.