- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Board of Cosmetology is looking for a new leader after its previous executive director resigned.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1HL5Uwk ) that Cynthia Johnson left the job earlier this month.

Legislators had complained at a public hearing in February that the regulatory board has bad customer service. They said calls to the office were frequently not returned, and the board was slow to process cosmetologists’ licenses.

Johnson told lawmakers in February the board had fallen behind on work because it was understaffed.

The state Senate is in the process of confirming members for the board.

Leisa McElreath of Oxford, the board president, said in February that the agency doesn’t have enough staff members to properly investigate whether applicants for cosmetology licenses are truthfully representing their education and experience.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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