New administration in place in Wiggins
By Jody O'Hara
Jul 5, 2013, 11:27
For the first time in eight years, a new face gazes out from behind the mayor's desk at City Hall in Wiggins.
Joel Miles, who served the past four years as Alderman-at-Large, was sworn in as mayor last Friday along with the members of the newest Board of Aldermen.
Darrell Berry returned as Ward 1 Alderman along with Ward 4 Alderman Tommy Hall.
Each is beginning his fourth term.
Ron Dyal is the new Alderman for Ward 2, replacing Gene Alexander, who did not run for reelection.
George Smith represents Ward 3 after having defeated incumbent Derrick Gates in the Republican primary and Linda Pounds in the general election.
Mary Frances Carson has taken over as Alderwoman-at-Large.
Miles was getting comfortable in his new office Monday morning,
excited about the challenge of the coming four years.
"I've already had a couple of people stop by and wish me well," he said. "They also pointed out a couple of items that needed to be addressed."
A staff meeting was scheduled for Monday afternoon.
"It's just going to be a get-to-know-each-other type meeting where I can let my expectations be known as far as each city department is concerned," Miles said.
He said he planned to stress courtesy where City Hall was concerned.
"We're just going to try to be courteous to folks and handle each problem professionally as it comes along," he said.
During his campaign and at the swearing-in ceremony held last Friday at the Ferris B. O'Neal Senior Center, Miles asked the residents of Wiggins and Stone County to pray for the city, its citizens, elected officials and his administration.
"This is an exciting time of opportunity for all of us and we all need prayers in order to move forward and effect positive change for those who have entrusted us with leading this city we all love," he said.
As part of that, the Board of Aldermen will follow the lead of the Stone County Board of Supervisors and offer a short devotion before the first meeting of each month.
Pastor Gerry James was scheduled to offer the devotion at Tuesday's first meeting of the new board.
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