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Attorney General Jim Hood moves his office

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Attorney General Jim Hood is moving his base of operations three hours northeast of Jackson. His new office will be in his hometown of Houston, Mississippi. Hood says although his office is moving, his duties and responsibilities as attorney general will continue to be a top priority. WLBT spoke with a couple of Mississippians about Hood's move.

Ashley Koestler says, "I do think that it's important for an individual in his position to be where the job is and that is in the state capitol.

Another Mississippi resident says, "He is responsible for his own budget and if he thinks he can do it then he can try and if he doesn't do his job the people can vote him out.

Attorney General Jim Hood released a statement saying his move comes in the best interest of his family. Although his new office will be about three hours north of Jackson in Houston, Mississippi he says he will make regular commutes to the capital city.

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Hood will not be the only state elected official operating outside of the capital city. He says at least three others including himself live outside of Jackson.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says, "On the fact that the attorney general has decided he wants to raise his kids to grow up where he did and with today's technology with the ability to commute and be in the office two or three days a week and be somewhere else in Mississippi, I'm not going to second guess the general."

Hood says because of modern technology he does not have to be confined to one location to run an office and pickering agrees.

"I don't think it's a real issue. If anything, it's good for state government that we don't sit here on High Street, develop an attitude that the world centers around us." says Pickering.

Hood says nothing will change in his fight to protect Mississippi. He also says in his statement like most Mississippians, his family comes first and the move is best for his family.

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