- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - The at-large seat on McComb’s city board was created by white officials to try to keep what was then the status quo, and should be eliminated, says Selectman Ronnie Brock.

At the end of the most recent meeting, Brock asked to have the matter put on the agenda for Monday’s board meeting, The Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/1XTAJCL ) reported.

“Time has allowed the racial makeup of the board to shift, and it is now changing,” Brock said after the meeting. “I find it very interesting that some people have a problem with the racial make-up of McComb, and I think those people, in an effort to hang on to that power, do not want to see that seat removed.”

Selectman Tommy McKenzie, the white occupant of the at-large seat, said the city could have elected a black at-large member, “but they voted for a white guy.”

He said he thinks Brock is trying to get him personally removed.

Brock said he thinks the seat was created as an attempt to keep a white majority on the board when McComb was majority-white.

“”The fact is, my actions and votes are creating economic development, fixing infrastructure issues, finding ways to pave streets, saving money by changing the way we have always done things. That is not the agenda of some, hence the threat,” he said.

City attorney Wayne Dowdy said during the meeting last week that, if approved, the proposal would have to take effect at the next election cycle, not immediately.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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