Laurel department heads approved

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - All department heads in the city of Laurel will remain on the job for another four years.

During Tuesday morning's city council meeting, members approved the City's Chief Administrative Officer Dennis Keveryn. Keveryn was only supposed to be with the city for six months, after the resignation of former CAO Gary Suddith.  Keveryn said Mayor Melvin Mack asked him to stay on for the next four years.

The city clerk, public works director, the director of parks and recreation were also approved.

City officials also approved the police chief and fire chief.

Ward 6 Councilman Johnny Magee said although he is in favor of all the others returning; he said he can not support fire chief David Chance and City Judge Cecilia Arnold.

Magee said, "It's not personal. I don't really even know Arnold. I know her when I see her, but I know what people tell me that goes in and out of her court. This is the only time in four years that I have this opportunity. Along with my other vote. I can not support Arnold for another term as city judge."

Arnold was approved by a four to two vote. Ward 7 Councilman Trey Chinn also voted against her.

Willie Evans was not at Tuesday's meeting.

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