- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Natchez Board of Aldermen has voted to amend the city’s charter to make the city clerk’s position appointed rather than elected.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1quOM4u ) the idea was proposed a little over a year ago, and City Attorney Hyde Carby brought the prepared amendment to the aldermen. The amendment passed unanimously on Tuesday.

The previously stated reasoning for changing the position from elected to appointed was so the aldermen can hold the clerk more accountable and set higher standards - including accounting and municipal finance experience - for the clerk.

Mayor Butch Brown says the clerk has announced his retirement, so it was a good time to make the change.

City Clerk Donny Holloway has said he does not plan to run for the clerk’s office in 2016.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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