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Surrette Is Speaker At Annual Banquet

By Jack Gurner
Reporter

WATER VALLEY – Derrick Surrette, Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, will speak at the 2011 Chamber of Commerce Banquet this Thursday.

Also during the annual event, chamber officials will present the Braswell Hat-cher Service Award and introduce the 2011-2012 Chamber Officers and Directors.

In the banquet’s main address, Surrette will explain how the Mississip-pi Association of Supervisors works with the 82 counties throughout the state and how the organization serves as a liaison between counties and other sectors of government.

He will also talk about how state and federal policies and budget cuts are impacting local governments and the effect on property taxes.

Surrette is a native of Yalobusha County where he grew up on a small farm and developed an early interest in rural communities. He credits his father, Butch Surrette, a longtime county supervisor, with helping develop his interest in county government.

Now, as Executive Director of the MS Association of Supervisors, Surrette is deeply involved in county government on a daily basis. He works with county supervisors and other county officials across Mississippi to represent the best interests of counties at both the state and federal levels

Surrette represents the Mississippi Association of Supervisors on several boards including the National Association of Counties, Public Lands Steering Committee; vice chairman of the Rural Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and director of the Council of Southern Counties.  

Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director for the Association of Supervisors, he served as head of the Public Policy Department with Mississip-pi Farm Bureau Federation. He is also a past president of the Water Valley Chamber of  Commerce.

Surrette is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received both his undergrad and graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, the former Sherry Bell, reside in Brandon.

The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose building at the high school and will feature dinner music by the Sharecroppers.

Tickets for the steak dinner are $15 and are available from any chamber director, the Chamber office or at MidTown Auto Parts.

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