| By John Howell Sr.
Crenshaw’s mayor and aldermen hired six new municipal employees during executive session in a called meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 20.
Police officers hired included Donnie Long, Cornelius Conley and Deon Ross., city clerk Renee Ward said following the executive session. Three maintenance employees were also hired, Ward said: Sylvester McGlothian, Andrew Buck and Brian Reeder.
Ross, who attended the meeting, said that he is from Clarksdale. McGlothian, who also attended, said that he had returned to Crenshaw after retirement from the Milwaukee, WI municipal government.
In other business conducted during the open session, aldermen voted 2 to 1 to hire David Chandler to perform a compilation audit covering the town’s last two fiscal years. Mayor Sylvester Reed told aldermen that the deadline for the completion of the audit is March 28 but that Chandler had said the town could seek an extension of the deadline by 30 or 40 days.
Reed’s proposal that the town hire Chandler to perform the audit prompted a discussion about other duties for which Crenshaw has engaged Chandler.
"My understanding was that when he was hired, that when audit time came, everything would be ready with no extra charge," alderman Alberta Bradley said.
The town clerk said that Chandler was hired to assist with the town’s accounting in December of 2005.
"It was my understanding that it was the budget they were hired to do," the mayor said.
"When we talked to him that night, he said he could get us ready to go through the audit at that particular time.
"I do know that our time is very short; the state is looking at us," the mayor said.
"I feel like we should do it," Pride added, citing the close deadline and the lack of lead time to consider other proposals for the compilation audit. Chandler’s proposal was $2,000 per year for a total of $4,000.
Alderman Shirley Morgan made a motion to hire Chandler which Pride seconded.
"I’m opposed to it," Alderman David Whitsell said.
Bradley abstained from voting.
"Then we’ll go with Mr. Chandler," the mayor said.
Mayor Reed also gave a report on a variety of matters, including the need for a pickup for the town maintenance department.
"We’re looking at purchasing a truck, looking at one for $3,000," he said. Currently town employees are "using private vehicles to get parts, the mayor added.
"We’re still waiting for [ad valorem] tax funds to come in, and it’s still slow. We expect more by the end of the month," the mayor said.