The Laurel City Council and Mayor Johnny Magee took care of several matters including the swearing-in of several top officials.
“I want to thank Mayor Magee for trusting me with this position,” said Laurel Fire Chief Leo Brown after he was sworn in Tuesday. “I want to continue to hire good people while educating the citizens of Laurel. I want to continue to improve things within the department and continue to build on the things that we have been doing. I want to bring the department up with newer technology and incorporate effective techniques with our people in training also. I want our community to be well protected.”
The following re-appointments were put into place: Kyle Robertson as Municipal Judge, David Sullivan as City Prosecutor, Risher Caves as Judge Pro Tem, Tommy Cox as Police Chief, Elvin Ulmer as Parks and Recreation Director, Leo Brown as Fire Chief, Mary Ann Hess as City Clerk/Finance Director, Nellie Satcher as Director of Human Resources, George Carter Jr. as Board of Commissioners of the Laurel Housing Authority, John Wallace to the Historic Preservation Commission, Jerlean Nobles as Board of Commissioners of the South Mississippi Fair, and members to the Laurel Planning Commission.
Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox also received a unanimous vote from the council to continue serving as chief. Cox has served over two decades with the Laurel Police Department, with this upcoming October marking year 25. He has served two years and three months as police chief.
“It is great,” said Cox. “You get to take that oath for the second time. It doesn’t mean that the work is over, though. We still have to handle every problem as they come and do the best we can do. That’s what I’ve done since I was appointed to the job, and since I’ve been with the department.”
Cox was appreciative of the Laurel City Council and Mayor Magee.
“I try to do things each day to show the council and mayor that they made the right decision in appointing me. I’m appreciative of the mayor and the unanimous decision with the council. We are excited and ready to move forward.”
“It wouldn’t feel right working anywhere else,” continued Cox. “Laurel and this department is home.”
Several other matters were handled such as cleaning dilapidated properties across the city. Along with that, it was also approved for the mayor and City of Laurel to enter into a service agreement and purchase electronic credit card payment machines for the recreation department. An order authorizing a beverage agreement with Coca-Cola was passed.
The Laurel Fire Department will apply for a Wal-Mart community grant for funds to purchase a new thermal imaging camera for Station Two and fire safety DVDs to educate schools and the public as approved by the council.
The Laurel Police Department also had a request passed as they look to purchase three more Dodge Charger pursuit vehicles at the cost of $81,378 to add to their patrol division.