Three men compete for first place at Brookhaven.
Two Republicans are running for mayor, incumbent Joe Cox and his cousin, John Roberts Jr., and Democrat David D. “Swac” Smith.
Brookhaven, based on its population of 12,513, according to the 2010 census, are divided into six wards with also a municipal councilor in general. The mayor and aldermen are considered full-time jobs, as is the chief of police.
The mayor’s annual salary is approximately $ 71,000.
Cox, 62, who lives in 1000 Block of Kraner Lane, will face Roberts, 63, of 500 Block of South Jackson St.
The winner of the May 2 primary will face Smith in the June 6 general election.
Smith, 60, lives in the 600 block of Adams St.
Cox, owner of Joe Cox Insurance Services since 1983, is seeking his second four-year term as mayor. He is married to Angie Cox and they have two grown children and a grandson. He is a graduate of Brookhaven High School and the University of Mississippi. He attends Faith Presbyterian Church.
Cox said the city has made great strides over its four years and has worked well as a team with “a spirit of cooperation resulting in over 90 percent of unanimous council votes,” he said. he declares. “We maintained a balanced budget while managing $ 12.5 million in general funds, plus funds for water, sewer and solid waste, kept expenses below revenue, oversaw the day-to-day operations of the city , along with 157 employees, facilitated opportunities for economic development, completed the city’s most comprehensive paving project, involving 77 streets, and continues to work to meet the continuing need to expand and improve our infrastructure.
“We have secured over $ 4.1 million in grants through federal, state, and private funds and grant writers to help cover the cost of everything from the CDBG sewer upgrades and projects to the FAA, at one of our most recent Credits for Paving the Boulevard for Meetings with Elected Officials in Washington, DC
“We partnered with the county by contracting The Retail Coach to improve local retail and economic development, continued development of Linbrook (Business Park) and completed construction of the building to specification to attract a new industry. by offering a ready-to-use installation, and the development of the baseball sports complex. “
Cox said under his leadership, the city also upgraded the fire protection rating from PC 6 to PC 5, resulting in lower fire insurance premiums and savings for residents; completed the Brignal and Linbrook water and sewer systems; established the Linbrook Fire District; assisted in the expansion of American Railcar Industries to Brookhaven; coordinated renovations to the fixed base operator’s Brookhaven airport and runway; completed the Brookhaven Community Center (formerly known as the FEMA Building); set up a centralized city hotline for residents to call in case of concerns and problems; created the Brookhaven Tourism Council; privatized the water treatment plant; renovated city parks; revised municipal codes and participated in the recruitment of commercial and industrial companies.
He also contributed to the “development and implementation of contracts with the city, some of which involved making difficult decisions based on the short and long term interests of our city, helped facilitate major neighborhood improvements. from the city center and created an environment. supportive of downtown revitalization through collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Brookhaven Trust. “
Whoever becomes mayor in the general election in June will lead the city in projects that are expected to begin this year: LED public lighting replacement project, construction of the city’s largest water and sewer project, replacement of fluoridation equipment for the city’s water system and the completion of the Union Station Depot renovation project.
“The most important infrastructure needs in the city continue to be our aging water and sewer systems,” he said. “Thanks to fiscal responsibility, we have managed an annual budget of over $ 15.5 million and kept expenses under revenue since 2013, while continuing to meet the continuing need for expansion and improvement of our infrastructure. .
Cox said economic development and a safe environment in which to live, work, worship and raise a family is a priority for Brookhaven.
John Roberts Jr.
Roberts served as Ward 4 city councilor for three terms and was chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party. He is president of Diamond Energy Acquisition Group. In the past, as the owner and president of Gas and Oil Properties, LLC., Roberts was responsible for researching the ownership of mining titles, including checking the chain of title lending, appraiser records. tax and rental checks. Its job is to ensure that mine owners receive their right to acquire leasehold rights to their property. He is co-founder and past president of Brookhaven Trust and a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Roberts said many of the city’s road, water and sewer services needed attention. “The city of Brookhaven can stimulate the economy and spur growth by creating new jobs and opportunities,” he said. “We can do this by investing in the infrastructure of our great city. We need to invest and fully support our police and fire departments to keep our citizens safe and business prosperous. “
He thinks the city should be run like a business. “Brookhaven has to work efficiently and professionally,” he said. “A successful business succeeds by treating and serving its customers well. Our city is no different. Brookhaven should serve taxpayers as customers. The customer should not only receive the service they are paying for, they should be satisfied with the product. With efficiency and a business-like approach to governance, costs will be reduced and taxpayers will be well served. “
If elected, Roberts would use the city’s wealth of resources to serve the people and improve the community. “We need to market our resources in a way that creates trade and industrial growth, as well as the jobs that go with that growth,” he said. “We benefit from strong community colleges in neighboring communities, which are producing a large number of young adults with specialized skills who should have the opportunity to use those skills at Brookhaven. Brookhaven needs to partner with these community colleges and other schools so that the next generation of jobs thrives here. We need to promote technology and pave the way for the next generation of businesses, so that our skilled young people, our greatest resource, come to Brookhaven and continue to build this wonderful community.
Roberts wants to build Brookhaven. “Brookhaven has always been my home. The people of Brookhaven are my family, ”he said. “I am passionate about serving this great city, building it and making it even bigger. Brookhaven should be a place where young people want to start families here and continue to uphold the nickname “Home Seekers Paradise”. It must also be a place where one finds the comfort and support to fully enjoy retirement. I am determined to participate in the achievement of these goals and ideals. “
David D. Smith
Smith said the city’s biggest infrastructure needs at this point are replacing deteriorating water pipes and completing street repairs. “I would need to research the current plans and the funds available to make a viable decision,” he said.
He suggests that a cost-cutting measure to ease the burden on taxpayers is to research the function of different city departments “to ensure that there is no duplication of services or lack of necessary services. “, did he declare. “Review and monitor to make sure everyone is doing their job effectively.”
Smith believes that Brookhaven could see improvements in the efficient use of available funds by coordinating services and performing timely maintenance and repairs to the infrastructure. “It would go a long way in improving the inner workings of the city,” he said. “Make sure all city employees, especially department managers, know their job description and perform their duties to the best of their ability.”
Smith wants to represent the people as mayor. “I have lived my life in Brookhaven, seeing changes as well as stagnation in some areas,” he said. “We need positive change. My experiences, my education and my life as a Brookhaven citizen qualify me for the post of mayor. I will represent all the inhabitants of this wonderful city.