New leadership in Mississippi County

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - January 1 will see many changes in Mississippi County's leadership. A new County Judge, a new Mayor for Blytheville and a new County Sheriff just for starters.

So what do the new Mississippi County Judge and the new Mayor of Blytheville bring to the table? I sat down with both of those gentlemen and asked them.

County Judge-Elect Randy Carney, "Strong Leadership skills, connections, willingness to work. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work."

Blytheville Mayor-Elect James Sanders, "It's still being a public servant. And being the Mayor of the city, I see myself as a greater public servant."

Both men were at their respective, soon to be, former occupations.

Judge-elect Randy Carney was at his family's funeral home. Mayor-elect James Sanders was wrapping up his time as Sheriff of Mississippi County.

With new jobs just weeks away, I wanted to know how each man viewed his new position.

Sanders, "He has to guard and protect and oversee what's coming into the city and the people there at the city."

Carney. "We'd like to get to a point where my main job is to be the biggest cheerleader in the county. This job is not without it's challenges."

The hospitals, roads and jail fee issues are high on Carney's to-do list.

Are they excited?

Carney, "I'm just excited. I just see all kinds of potential. Some of the greatest people in the world live in Mississippi County, Arkansas and I love them."

The new Mayor is excited about having several new city council members to start off with him.

Sanders, "3 new council people that are gonna bring 3 new visions, 3 new ideas. It's just a new opportunity."

Of course I had a lot more questions and if you would like to see the entire interviews I have uploaded them to the video section of the Region 8 News Facebook page.

Just click here to view those interviews.

January First will be an interesting day.

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