HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mitch Stennett, President, EDA of Jones County, was honored as Citizen of the Year during Ellisville's annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 19, 2014. The ceremony was held at the George V. Harrison Multi Purpose Building. The attendees included the city's police and fire departments, city workers as well as city and county leaders.
Stennett will retire in March, 2015 and says that one of his proudest achievements was seeing the Howard Technology Park come to Ellisville. Stennett also says that he was humbled and taken completely by surprise by the honor.
"Every since I got into this profession, I've considered it's a mission in my life that the Lord called me to do this and when people recognize that you've done a good job, it makes me feel great and this is the time of year you want to feel that way." said Stennett "The first thing that the Mayor said that made me think that it might be me was, he's not a resident of Ellisville but he has an Ellisville address and at Tuckers Crossing, I have an Ellisville address."
Also honored at the event was Ellisville Policeman, Fireman and Public Works employees of the year. The Ellisville Christmas Luncheon started back in 2003 and honoring the Citizen of the Year started back in 2005.