In the 1980s then state auditor Ray Mabus started putting county officials in jail for graft, bribes and corruption under the beat system.
County gravel was being sold to the public and the money pocketed by supervisors. Culvert salesmen expected to pay kickbacks to get county business.
When Maybus was elected Governor, he started pushing the County Unit System.
And naming a county administrator to monitor the budgets, expenditures and most importantly the purchases of county government was a key part of that system.
But that was 40 years ago and few know what a county administrator does. Worse, many county officials have once again found ways to get around this critical system of check and balances.
The county administrator is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves at the will and pleasure of the board. a simple 3-2 vote can remove them
So what does a county administrator do?
Duties and Responsibilities
• Carries out the policies adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
• Prepares the budget for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
• Advises the board as to the possible availability of federal or state grants and seeks those grants.
• Secures insurance coverage for the county.
• Receives inquiries and complaints from citizens of the county, investigates such inquiries and complaints, and reports his or her finding to the board.
• Meets regularly with the Board of Supervisors and has full privileges of discussion, but no vote.
• Supervises the board and other divisions of county government.
County Services Staff
The county’s administrative services staff works under the County Administrator.
The administrative staff is made up of the County Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Comptroller, Ac-counting, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Purchasing, Human Resources and Solid Waste.
They are responsible for:
• Taking and researching citizen and employee complaints.
• Assisting the county administrator with the day-to-day operations of the county.
• Creating and maintaining the Board of Supervisor's regular meeting agenda.
These meetings are open to the public. If there are items any citizen wishes to be brought up for discussion, contact this office at 662-624-3028.