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February 16, 2014

Letters to the Editor February, 16 2014

MERIDIAN — Hopefully new direction isn't wrong direction

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Meridian Star's editorial in Sunday's newspaper concerning the recent firing of Mr. Ed Skipper, the now former chief financial officer of the city of Meridian.

    As a citizen of the city for the last 23-plus years, I am pleased to know that the financial status of our city was in such capable hands. I was also proud to know that our city financial office had received such prestigious awards under the guidance of Mr. Ed Skipper.

    I also know that, according to our present form of city government, that the city's department heads "serve at the will of the mayor." This term is antiquated. It gives the impression of terminology of the 1800s.

    I believe that it should be changed to something similar to "shall work for the city, until replaced by the city government." And I believe that the city council and the mayor should have joint authority as to the hiring and firing of all department heads. This is referred to as a "checks and balances" system — the form of government that our "United States" government was founded upon.  

    Therefore, I also, as probably would most of the city's citizens, would like to hear the reason for Mayor Percy Bland abruptly, and without prior notice to Mr. Skipper, firing Mr. Ed Skipper.

    I am 63 years of age and during my 42 to 43 years of working in the private and public sector, and the U. S. Navy, I have never been fired abruptly without my employer having a very good reason for doing so.

    And, under most normal circumstances, an employer will first discuss those reasons with their employee. I believe that Mayor Percy Bland owes an apology, first to Mr. Skipper, and secondly, to the citizens of Meridian.

    Because, I have heard it said that a person who can not or will not apologize for their own mistake is destined for a fall. It is arrogance that causes a person not to ask for forgiveness.

    Now, as for as for this "new direction" that Mayor Bland wants for the city of Meridian, I hope and pray that this "new direction" is not in the "opposite direction," nor not "one degree" in the "opposite degree."

    Because, after 35 years of going in the "right direction" I hope this "new direction" is not in the "wrong direction." Therefore, I do wholeheartedly believe that Mayor Bland owes the citizen's of Meridian an explanation as to which direction that he wants the city of Meridian to go.

    Thank you. This is my opinion

    Floyd T. Killebrew, Jr.,

U.S. Navy veteran

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