From 1988 through 1992, I served Clinton as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board. During that time, I learned the importance of zoning regulations and the effect these regulations have on businesses. I took an active role in the development of two Land Use and Thoroughfare Plans enacted during my time in either appointed or elected office. This experience provided me the “nuts and bolts” of zoning on issues ranging from citywide commercial and residential designations to Olde Towne/historical regulations and future planning of infrastructure. A City can make or break the business community with zoning and it is important to assure the plan takes into account the needs of both the City and business community in order to strike a proper balance.
While serving on the Planning and Zoning Board I led the effort to construct the Clinton Parkway by introducing the legislation that led to the 1990 vote. I then worked hard to promote the project by actively campaigning door-to-door, writing advertisements, and gathering many of the names on the “Spirit of Clinton” petition. Although the measure failed to achieve the required 60% needed to pass (in garnered 55%), the increase in voting per-cent from the previous vote in the 1980’s proved the time was right for this vital piece of infrastructural economic development.
I continued my efforts to serve Clinton when appointed Ward 4 Alderman to fill an unexpired term in Jan.1993. In June 1993 I was elected to the first of four terms to the Board of Alderman with 80% of the vote. In 1997, I was re-elected with 88% of the vote. In 2001 and 2005, I ran unopposed.
While an Alderman, I joined with the new Mayor and other Aldermen in voting to begin construction of the Clinton Parkway. I also led the fight to budget $500,000 per year in street paving – a budget item kept in place throughout my time as an Alderman. I re-established the Parks and Recreation Board and supported fiscally conservative budgets.
In 2007, many Clintonians approached me to run for Hinds County District Four Supervisor. I accepted the challenge and received 62% of the vote. In 2011, I was re-elected without opposition. Serving on the Board of Supervisors presented many challenges (and opportunities for growth) dealing with issues pertaining to the budget and the overall direction of Hinds County. I believe that the taxpayers have a right to be as informed as possible, so I initiated a monthly newspaper article explaining the County actions and my thoughts on those actions. Because I believe in total transparency, I make it a point to tell District 4 readers where I stand on the issues and how I vote. I present numerous thoughts for public discussion and always encourage feedback from those interested in the topic. I always think through the issue/vote as well as the second and third level effects of that issue/vote. It is vital for all elected officials to understand the immediate effects and the future effects of an issue before voting to put them in motion. I stand up for the 4th District to defend those values I was elected to uphold and never play the “go along to get along” game.
In 2011, a number of Clintonians asked me run for Mayor. I am humbled by their confidence and belief in me. My 20+ years of elected serve taught me the importance of responding to the needs of the public and I take pride in responding to all inquiries the day received. I believe in transparency in government and will give information to the taxpayer/press in order to allow an informed discussion of all issues. I believe City Government must work in cooperation, not conflict, with all interest in the community if the City is to move forward in a balanced way. Gathering information from those involved/effected and taking their thoughts into the process is not only a fundamental part of our government, but a vital part of success within the community. Clinton must have a Mayor willing and able to work with all areas of interest if we are to experience a balanced, inclusive growth. I pledge an open, inclusive government focused on advancing our community and establishing Clinton as the most desirable place to live.
I served two tours in a combat zone: 12 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 10 months in Operation Enduring Freedom. Both times, I was in command of troops engaged in the fight. Moreover, both tours I worked with Officers two ranks above me on the strategic needs of the Theater. During Operation Enduring Freedom, I commanded 43,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines, civilian contractors and government civilians – the largest command by any Mississippian in the history of our State.
Kathy and I married 36 years ago (1976) and have 2 children Brian (wife Mimmie, daughter Mary Elizabeth) residing in Memphis and Dana, residing in Atlanta. Kathy worked for 19 years as a second grade teacher and now serves as the Weekday Director of First United Methodist Church.
His Family, Church, Career & Community Activities
• Clinton Planning and Zoning Board 1988–1991
• Clinton Alderman 4th Ward 1992–2008
• Supervisor Hinds County 4th District 2008–Present
• Member First United Methodist Church
• FUMC Administrative Board – Served as Chairman twice
• Stewardship Campaign Chairman
• Clinton YMCA Board of Directors 1989-1991. President 1991 Metro YMCA Board of Directors 1992
• Clinton Chamber of Commerce 1992
• Raymond Chamber of Commerce 2008
• Byram Business Bureau 2008
• John Bell Williams Airport Authority
• Hinds County Representative of the Metropolitan Planning Committee
• Clinton Rotary club
• National Rifle Association
• Retired Major General MSARNG July 2012 Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006, Operation Enduring Freedom 2010–2011.
• Retired Procter and Gamble 2007
• Married 36 years (May 1976) – Kathy Fisher
• 2 children – son Brian (wife Mimmie granddaughter Mary Elizabeth) and daughter Dana
I began my military career in the United States Marine Corps (1976-1979) and continued service through 2012 in the Mississippi Army National Guard, retiring as a Major General. I commanded units in two combat tours, 2005-2006 Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 2010-2011 Operation Enduring Freedom. I served at the Strategic/Operational Level, as the senior Logistician for Afghanistan during my second combat command This command was a joint command consisting of 43,000 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Contractors and Civilians – the largest command of any Mississippian in the history of our State. Please review the military service page for more specifics.
• Retired from Procter and Gamble in 2007, 22 years.
• Retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard in July 2012, rank Major General (State)