Terri Ferguson Smith
The search for a new chief administrative officer for the city of Meridian appears to be over.
Michael J. McGrevey is Mayor Percy Bland's selection for CAO. Bland will present McGrevey to the Meridian City Council next week.
Bland's original choice for CAO was Curt Goldacker, whose confirmation was never voted on by the City Council. He resigned in November. Hugh Smith, Public Works director, has served as acting CAO ever since.
Bland said he believes McGrevey will be a good fit for CAO.
"He knows this area. He has experience in economic development, in training, leadership and in fiscal management of large budgets," Bland said.
McGrevey served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, leaving in 1999 after having served in several financial management roles, including overseeing and working on a $24 billion budget, according to his resume.
His years in service included financial policy development and implementation, budget development and numerous other responsibilities related to funding.
McGrevey has a bachelor of science in Banking and Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi; a master of science in Management from Webster University; and a Ph.D in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.
After leaving the military as chief financial management officer for the Air Force, McGrevey has worked as the executive director of Kemper County Economic Development Authority. His resume states that during this time, he created a rural development strategy that led to more than $200 million in capital investment and 500 jobs. He also secured a $180 million electric power plant and modernized and expanded the John C. Stennis Industrial Park and Incubator.
From 2004 to 2006, McGrevey served as president of the Montgomery Institute where he co-founded the Mississippi Entrepreneurial Alliance, which led to the development of the West Alabama and East Mississippi Alliance, a regional network local, regional, state, federal and private entities from 36 counties and eight community college districts. His efforts were recognized by a Department of Labor grant of $15 million to the Montgomery Institute in 2006.