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Cronyism: Keeping Anderson high price to pay

By: Magnolia Tribune - April 10, 2008

The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 4/10/8

It could be the salary of former police chief Shirlene Anderson to perform a “make work” job to satisfy the altruistic whims of Mayor Frank Melton.

The Council on Tuesday approved Anderson’s newly created position of homeland security/emergency management coordinator effective April 1 after it learned that she had been working for Melton since mid-January without pay.

Anderson was removed as chief in November and replaced by Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin.

She will be paid $39,188 the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30; then, her pay is expected to be around $65,000 because that is comparable to what Hinds County Emergency Operations Center Director Larry Fisher earns. Do we need two people to do the job previously done by one?

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