COFFEEVILLE – Supervisors voted to hire Frank Hyde as director of the county’s civil defense in a move that was described as a cost saving measure for the county.
Hyde was previously appointed as interim director of the agency after supervisors voted to terminate former director Cecil Harrison last month. Hyde also serves as the county’s fire coordinator, E-911 coordinator and arson investigator and will now earn a total of $40,000.
Hyde was hired Tuesday after a lengthy executive session and a $17,000 figure was touted as the anticipated savings to taxpayers with the consolidation of jobs.
Other items discussed in executive session included an economic development issue after the county’s economic development director, Bob Tyler, told supervisors he needed to update them on an economic development project. Board Attorney John Crow also reported the board discussed a federal lawsuit involving a property ownership issue in executive session. Crow said that Fletcher Fly was appealing a February decision by the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Mississippi. In that decision, U.S. Northern District Judge Michael Mills granted the summary judgment filed by Crow who represented the county. The judge’s ruling stated that Fly failed to pursue to procedures regarding land takings available under Mississippi law.
Fly, who was represented by attorney Stewart Guernsey, alleged that the county had not maintained County Road 161 for almost two decades and did not compensate Fly for the acreage taken when the property was placed on the 2000 Road Registry.
The appeal, which was filed July 22, will be made in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Supervisors also scheduled a recessed board meeting on July 20.