LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Former Laurel mayor Melvin Mack was guest of honor Saturday night at a formal celebration bidding him farewell as he retires from public service. A dinner at the Laurel Train Depot was hosted by Mack's family and friends.
Among those attending were members of past city administrations and several law enforcement officers.
Mack served two terms as Laurel's first African-American mayor. Before that, he served two terms on both the Laurel City Council and the Jones County Board of Supervisors.
"Retirement is great, it's wonderful," said Mack. "I enjoy it, I enjoy being with the family, I enjoy doing a little traveling, I enjoy babysitting with my grand baby," he said.
Also attending the event was current Laurel mayor Johnny Magee, who began his term just two months ago.