- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Two of DeSoto county’s longest-serving officials, Coroner Jeff Pounders and Tax Collector Joey Treadway, say they are running again in 2015.

“I’m going to go for it one more time,” said Pounders, 60, about seeking a ninth term. He was elected in 1987 and re-elected six times.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1zQvgmr ) that the qualifying deadline to seek county office is March 1. Primary elections are in August with the general election in November.

The 60-year-old Pounders will be seeking a ninth term.

“Yes.” said Treadway, 67, when asked re-election plans. “I love my job.”

Another longtime DeSoto official Chancery Clerk W.E. “Sluggo” Davis, says he’s retiring at the end of his current, seventh term in January 2016.

“I don’t have any real hobbies, I don’t know what I’d do otherwise,” said Pounders, who is assisted by an office manager and two deputy coroners. He’s a three-time past president of the Mississippi Coroner-Medical Examiner Association and serves as chief of a nine-county district.

Mississippi law requires that its 82 county coroners be at least age 18 and high school graduates. A coroner must complete 40 hours of training on taking office and 24 hours of training each year; coroners can hire state-approved pathologists to conduct autopsies and obtain outside analysis of dental records and DNA samples.

“We send most of our cases to the State Crime Lab in Jackson,” said Pounders.

When Pounders took office in 1984, the growing DeSoto population was about 30,000 “and now it’s around 175,000. It’s a lot different now,” he said. Pounders lives in the Nesbit area, “and I grew up and ran wild as a teenager in Hernando.”

During his 27-year watch as tax collector, Treadway, based in the main office in Hernando, paced county growth by adding full-service branches in Olive Branch and Southaven, he said.

He started “all the electronic features of collecting. We collect just about any way you want to pay - online, mail or cash and credit cards at our offices.” Treadway lives in the Cockrum community in eastern DeSoto County.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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