Thursday, March 11, 2010
Hollingsworth hired to lead HSUD
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen has appointed Don Hollingsworth general manager of the Holly Springs Utility Department.
The measure came to final action at the March 2 meeting when the board overrode the mayor’s veto of a prior board action to put Hollingsworth in that position.
Last fall, alderman Russell Johnson motioned and alderman Garrie Colhoun seconded to offer Hollingsworth the position of interim director with all aldermen present voting in favor.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry later vetoed that action, and the board overrode his veto.
Then on February 9, Johnson motioned and Colhoun seconded to hire Hollingsworth as general manager. The vote passed 4-1 with alderman Calvin James voting nay.
On February 16, Mayor DeBerry vetoed the motion to hire Hollingsworth but on March 2, the board overrode the veto again 4-1.
At least four votes are needed to override a veto while only three votes are required to pass a motion.
Hollingsworth has served as public works director for the City of Holly Springs since 1984.
While serving at HSUD, Hollingsworth has helped position the city for tens of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure improvements and public works projects.
He has helped prepare water, sewer and gas budgets and rates for 25 years.
He holds a bachelor’s of science in engineering and has served as officer or director of several professional associations and was an alderman for the Town of Byhalia from 1982-1985.
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