Aldermen approve hiring of second public defender

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 4, 2018

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Poplarville Board of Aldermen, the city’s prosecuting attorney’s request to hire a second public defender.

The Board considered the request from City Prosecuting Attorney Corey Clay Cranford to appoint another public defender, who will assist current public defender Kevin R. Roberts.

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After discussing the matter, the Board approved a motion to appoint Lindsay Watts as co-public defender at $345 per month.

In other matters, Police Chief Butch Raby asked the Board for permission to put $300 in the Poplarville Auxiliary Fund that was donated to the Department by the Blueberry Jubilee Council.

The Board approved the adoption of the state-mandated mileage reimbursement for 2018, which requires officers and government employees using their personal vehicle for official business to be reimbursed at a rate of $0.545 per mile. 

The mileage reimbursement rate became effective Jan. 1.

The next Board meeting will be Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. in Poplarville’s City Hall.