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Citing issues with personal time, Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Marvell Howard relinquished his leadership position following Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The board unanimously chose District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer as Howardâ€™s successor. Trainer, the boardâ€™s previous vice president, is the groupâ€™s most senior elected official. First-term Supervisor John Montgomery was elected board vice president. Both decisions resulted from unanimous votes.
Howard will remain District 3â€™s supervisor and said he will serve his constituents just as passionately as he did as board president.
â€śIâ€™ve loved every minute of every second (serving as board president), but being president requires a tremendous amount of time,â€ť Howard said Monday while announcing his plans.
Trainer said his new role will provide great pleasure by allowing him to continue serving the people of Oktibbeha County.
â€śItâ€™s a great pleasure, but itâ€™s also a great task to undertake,â€ť Trainer said following Mondayâ€™s meeting. â€śWhen leading, you have to want to step out to the front because you cannot lead from behind.â€ť
Montgomery said it is an honor to be chosen by his fellow representatives for a county leadership position.
â€śMarvell was a great board president and always kept things running smoothly,â€ť Montgomery said. â€śOrlando and I have some large shoes to fill. I was offered the position and I was called to serve the people, so Iâ€™ll take the responsibility it brings.â€ť
Both board appointments will continue through the year. At the beginning of each calendar year, supervisors vote on the two leadership positions.