Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dispatch From Pelahatchie (Court Edition)

Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem filed a Bill of Exceptions in Rankin County Circuit Court yesterday.  The bill names the Town of Pelahatchie as the defendant.

The Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen reduced Mayor's salary from $1,000 per month to $250 per month and Aldermen's salaries from $500 to $250 per month on February 17, 2018.  The Mayor vetoed the pay cut, calling it "pretextual, arbitrary, unnecessary, politically motivated."  The Board overrode her veto.  Earlier post about salary reduction. 

Attorney Thomas Bellinder represents Mayor Beechem.  The case is assigned to Judge Dewey Arthur (You just knew the rookie judge would get all things Pelahatchie.). 


Anonymous said...

If she doesn't like the salary, go work somewhere else.

Happens everyday.

Anonymous said...

What, exactly, does one gain by being the mayor of a small, dinky, Mississippi town making $12,000 a year?

Anonymous said...

I think that the mayor should be paid more than the aldermen.

Anonymous said...

The town does not have the revenue to suppprt itself. They had to borrow money the 1Q of their fiscal year just to pay bills. What kind of mayor continually asks for this kind of money when the books show the town is broke?! (The irony of her constantly bragging about the exposure of misappropriation of drug seizure fund (when the previous folks used the money to keep down afloat) versus her constant agenda for a huge salary is overwhelming.) Her attitude and aptitude are terrible! It’s OBVIOUS she didn’t take this job to serve. She simply wants the notoriety from the Canton, JSU, and Bennie crowds.

I have to ask myself why Bellinder encourages this hysteria, then I remember it’s old wounds and pride for his bud. These two (three) need to grow up and move on.

Anonymous said...

In legal news: young attorney files "Bill of Exceptions," which doesn't exist under the rules of procedure.

Anonymous said...

You could write a book about this and the publishers would laugh you out of their offices.

Perplexed in Pelahatchie said...

Does this confirm that she is filling this position for the money, not for public service, or because she needs to pay off some credit card bills?

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Warren is more credible than Beecham

Anonymous said...

Attn 11:52 Apparently the aldermen disagree with you, and they, not you, have the vote!!!

Anonymous said...

Where in the world is $12,000 per year a huge salary? Not even in Pelahatchie, MS. Some people (smh).

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Code
Chapter 51 - APPEALS
§ 11-51-75 - Appeal to circuit court from board of supervisors, municipal authorities

Read statue - signed with my Google law degree

Anonymous said...

2:44 - The 'statue' is in Brandon. Try to keep up.

Pelahatchie used to be a really nice town.

Anonymous said...

@2:33, this is not a full time position. It is part time. Probably works out to a pretty large sum considering how often she is said to be "at the office".

Anonymous said...

Google law graduate: Section 11-51-75 provides for "A written notice of appeal to the circuit court . . . " A Notice of Appeal is addressed in Miss. R. App. P. 3. A Bill of Exceptions does not exist under the rules.

Anonymous said...

2:16, Yes I agree with you there. I didn't say how much more.

TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

"What, exactly, does one gain by being the mayor of a small, dinky, Mississippi town making $12,000 a year?" Same thing as Mayor Truly in Canton, power over white folk.

Anonymous said...

11:57, the rules of civil procedure provide no guidance. Refer to the statutes, where "bill of exceptions" was stated for decades. Appellate lawyers use the phrase still.

Anonymous said...

That particular statute says “notice of appeal,” which is covered in Miss. R. App. P. 3.


Anonymous said...

She's just pissed that Kingfish has not mentioned her for almost two months. Like a hog in slop, she loves the sunshine.

Anonymous said...

The mayor absolutely should be paid more than the aldermen. WTF is wrong with you people. Blatant racism is well and alive, folks. Disgrace.

Kingfish said...


Two of five aldermen and alderwoman are black.

Anonymous said...

Dissolve this and other small shit cities. No reason for tax payers to pay for a city government in a place so tiny

Anonymous said...

6:58, Got to play that race card, huh? The AA aldermen along with a lot of AA city employees & townspeople don’t back the mayor. It’s not racism.

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