Thursday, April 12, 2007
Board attorney resigns
Tacey Clark Locke, attorney for the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, tendered her resignation last week. She will continue to serve the board until the end of May and finish any litigation she is working on for the county.
Locke, who recently married and moved her office to Corinth, said leaving is something she thought long and hard about, but she looks forward to spending her weekends with family and travelling, which had been severely curtailed since she took the board attorney position with Marshall County.
“I spent a lot of my Sundays preparing for the board meetings on Monday and Tuesdays which took me away from my wonderful husband and child,” she said.
Locke said she asked to leave two months ago but the board did not accept her resignation.
It is a job she loved doing, despite the sacrifices she made, she said.
“I love Marshall County and most of the supervisors and people I’ve worked with over there have been wonderful to me,” she said. “They have been with me through my ups and downs and are like family to me. I debated it a long time with much, much regret.”
“I drove the distance I did a couple of months because I love them so.”
Locke said her business in Corinth is booming.
“I do work for other boards and handle litigation matters with school boards and other matters,” she said. “My clientele has been faithful.”
Locke said her decision to leave had nothing to do with politics and was strictly for personal reasons including her marriage and move to Iuka to live.
“I can’t express enough my thanks for the wonderful opportunity this board has given me,” she told supervisors at the April 2 meeting in announcing her resignation.
Supervisors Willie Flemon and George Zinn III voted not to accept Locke’s resignation, while the others voted to accept it.
“From the time I’ve been on the board, I’ve observed the service Ms. Tacey provided, which is nothing short of good or perfect,” Zinn said. “She went the extra mile and had the best interest of the county at heart. I’m totally opposed to her going.”
Zinn said the board has been pressured to hire an attorney who resides in the county.
“I feel her service outweighed the fact she’s not a resident of the county,” he said.
“I’m opposed,” he said. “I’ve gotten answers on a weekly basis.”
In other business, the board:
Supervisor Keith Taylor pressed for the board to find the $3,000 to purchase the 8’ X 8’ storage sheds for the playgrounds at Byhalia, Holly Springs and Mt. Pleasant. The legislature approved local and private legislation for the expenditure, he said.
But the rest of the board argued that there is no money in the budget for it and is having a hard time finding money for several other good and reasonable requests including the Marshall County birthday celebration on September 8.
Flemon urged the board include the storage sheds in next year’s budget.
“I want to wait and give the zoning board a $60 raise,” he said. “If we can’t do for one, we don’t do for another.”
He said the zoning board members get only $40 a month for their hard work.
“They face some tough people out there and tough questions,” he added.
“I agree,” said Zinn.
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