Thursday, October 14, 2010
Carrington named to Hall of Fame
By SUE WATSON
Bob Carrington was elected to the Mississippi Municipal League’s Hall of Fame for his 30 years of service as an alderman with the Town of Byhalia.
Carrington, who did not seek re-election in 2009, said he is a Byhalian from start to finish and enjoyed serving as alderman.
“We had some rough times, but, overall, it was good,” he said.
Building the water system and fire and police departments are some of the town’s proudest accomplishments, Carrington said. He was elected alderman in the late ‘60s, he said.
When he was first elected, aldermen were paid $10 a month. Carrington said after a long while, another alderman and himself pushed the late mayor Dudley Moore to raise alderman pay to $15 a month.
“Mayor Moore said we weren’t worth that kind of money,” he said.
Aldermen in his day spent more money on town business than they made, he said.
“I have done that several, several times,” he said. “It was a freebie. We drove many a mile looking for things for Byhalia.”
Carrington was cited for “his hard work, dedication, and commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents of Byhalia.”
Carrington also has 40 years experience in the insurance business with Greer and White in Holly Springs and has no plans of retiring, he said.
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