COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A packed house and a two hour board meeting resulted in a vote to approve reappointments of all department heads for the town of Columbia.
After regular agenda items were discussed, the board revisited old business concerning the employment status of several city personnel. Mayor Robert Bourne opened the floor for comments from the nearly 100 concerned citizens in attendance. While discussion remained civil, the mayor hurried the meeting along in order to get to the vote to approve the department heads.
The Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 to grant the mayor's proposal that all city department heads be reelected. The two nays were from Alderwomen Gwen Hammond and Renee' Galloway.
In the previous board meeting, sixteen counter proposals to the mayor's audit were made by Hammond concerning city personnel, several of which were vetoed by the mayor. Those did not come up for discussion in Tuesday's meeting.
The mayor addressed the board and visitors, saying it "does not profit" Columbia to continue functioning in an "adversarial" manner. He and others on the board made clear their wishes for the town to move forward together.