By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
At the regular meeting of Hinds County Board of Supervisors, Monday, Jan. 7, all cameras were focused on Supervisor Doug Anderson. He rescinded his planned retirement on Dec. 31, 2012, one day before it was to take effect.
His retirement was based on “health concerns” as given in a statement submitted by his daughter, Jackie Anderson Woods of Atlanta.
According to his daughter, Anderson changed his mind when he learned that Gil Sturgis was the possible appointed replacement for him on the board, citing that Sturgis was not from District 2. Wood stated that her father would keep his office until closer to November when the Mississippi code will allow for a special election.
Anderson fully participated in the morning meeting that began at 9 a.m. and gave no signs of tiring through the meeting agenda. One of the agenda items was to consider hiring a lobbyist for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.
Candidate for the job is Attorney Firnist Alexander Supervisor Peggy Hobson Calhoun expressed her desire that any compensation for a lobbyist be based on “results” of his efforts to represent the county.
As the meeting progressed and Anderson filled his role, the Board of Supervisors went on with their scheduled business.
As Board President Robert Graham and Dist. 1 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes stated in earlier news reports, they had “no argument” with Anderson’s decision to stay on the board. My position has been what’s best for his health,” Stokes said in earlier reports. Graham noted earlier, “It’s Mr. Anderson’s prerogative to come back, and it’s his seat.”
Anderson has served in the supervisor position for 19 years and in public office over 36 years. He suffered a stroke in December 2011 and a second one within a six-month period.