Supervisors meet new hospital CEO and get update on election locations


Pearl River County Hospital Administrator James Williams

During Wednesday's meeting of the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors, new Pearl River County Hospital CEO/Administrator, James Williams, introduced himself to the board.

Williams took over as CEO/Administrator after Steve Vaughn resigned in April of this year, after claims surfaced of Medicare fraud. Williams apologized to the board for not introducing himself sooner and expressed his vision for the hospital.

“I wanted you all to be able to put a face to a name, and I wanted to tell you about our vision,” Williams said. “Our vision is to take care of the community by enhancing the services we already have, and we’re going to reach out and look for other streams for all the services here in Poplarville. We want to keep people off the road as much as possible and keep them here in Poplarville. My ears are open, and if there are services that you think we need to provide, please let me know, and by any means necessary, we’ll try to make that happen.”

The Pearl River County Hospital also requested the Board’s support with Breast Cancer Awareness month for 2017. The board moved to donate $500, which passed unanimously

Along with Williams’ introduction, the board had other items on the agenda.

The supervisors opened a public hearing to vote on the closure of RT Lee Road in Carriere. No one opposing the closure was in attendance for the hearing, so the board ruled to close the road.

Before the end of the meeting, Circuit Clerk Nance Fitzpatrick-Stokes and the election commissioners updated the board on the progress they have made in reducing the number of voting locations throughout the county.

Nance Fitzpatrick-Stokes (center with pen and pad) & commissioners respond to questions

Stokes and the commissioners informed the board that they were able to reduce the voting locations by 14, bringing the number of locations to 18 from a previous 32 locations. More details about the locations will be released at the next board meeting.

The commissioners also informed the board that voters in the South Side district will now vote at the National Guard Armory located on Highway 11 South in Picayune, starting with the upcoming Picayune school board election scheduled for this fall.

The Pearl River County Board of supervisors will reconvene on October 2.

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