Supervisors name new road manager
by Rory Doyle
Dec 30, 2012 | 2705 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James Pritchett is taking over as the county road manager at the beginning of 2013. Pritchett, a Mound Bayou native, has 15 years of experience in the road department.
James Pritchett is taking over as the county road manager at the beginning of 2013. Pritchett, a Mound Bayou native, has 15 years of experience in the road department.
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With 15 years of experience in the Bolivar County road system, James Pritchett of Mound Bayou was recently promoted to the position of county road manager.

Pritchett will begin the leadership role at the start of the new year,and will be the first to hold the position since the death of manager David James in September.

"I learned a lot from him and he put a lot of things in place that we hope to continue," said Pritchett, in reference to James. "We worked a long time together and accomplished many things — roads, parking lots, schools, walking trails."

Pritchett said it's an honor to take over and to continue serving the county.

"I'm very proud to be promoted and that the board of supervisors has put their trust in me," he said. "I will do the best job I can to manage our roads.

"I believe that I can lead well and establish strong relationships with the employees I'll be working with."

Growing up in the county and spending the last couple of years as the road foreman in Shelby, Pritchett's knowledge of the roads made him the ideal replacement.

"Citizens should know that Mr. Pritchett comes with extensive knowledge of Bolivar County's roads," said Will Hooker, Bolivar County administrator. "We're happy to have someone in charge who knows so much about local roads.

"The late David James spoke very highly of Mr. Pritchett and when it came down to yearly reviews, he was always at the top of the list," added Hooker.

In his role as road foreman, Pritchett was responsible for all roads north of Miss. Highway 8 up to the Coahoma County line.

He began working for the department as a road grader operator and has mastered all relevant machinery in the last 15 years.

Continuing to mend roads and streets, potholes, ditches and bridges will remain at the forefront for Pritchett.

"We will do everything possible to make our roads better for travel," he said. "We're especially focused on making travel safer for school buses carrying the kids to school."