"We just decided to move in a new direction and we wanted to make some new appointments to better serve the people in Bolivar County," said E–911 Commission board member Douglas Kelly.
Boyle Police Chief Murry Roark now serves as chairman for the commission and Shelton Woodley of Mound Bayou serves as the vice chairman.
"I previously served as vice chairman for the Bolivar County E-911 Commission. I guess our board felt like they needed to change it up a little bit. They made a motion and elected me as chairman," said Roark.
According to Roark, he has served as the police chief in Boyle for over 25 years and on the commission for over 16 years.
"I plan to work all of the organization in trying to make everything secure. The object of E-911 is to try to help the county as much as we can and to stay within the budget," said Roark.
"I will do my best to serve the citizens of the county by abiding by the law. I have been serving on the commission for a while now and I have never made a selfish decision. I am definitely up for the challenge," he continued.
Roark said that he is knowledgeable of the radio system being used by E–911 and at one time he worked in the two–way radio industry.
"I think that I have been an asset to the board because I can understand a lot of the problems we have and I try to better the situation," said Roark.
"It is not a paid position but I want to work diligently with county officials and the board of supervisors. I think that we need to have more unity than what we have now. I am willing to reach out and help in any way that I can," he added.
Woodley has served on the commission for three years and he also expressed gratitude for his newly appointed position.
"Change is always good and we felt like it was time to change because we wanted to go in a new direction," said Woodley.
"We want to try to serve the county better than we have in the past. We have to try and show where the commission has made some progress within the county," he added.
Woodley said the commission plans to work to enhance radio communication within smaller municipalities.
"We want to make sure that all municipalities are on the same accord with communications. All of these small towns should have at least one radio so that they can communicate with the overall county during emergency situations," continued Woodley.
"We need to upgrade our county wide communication systems with all of the small towns. In the past, everything has been geared towards Cleveland and Delta State
University. All of the smaller municipalities are being left out," he added.
Woodley also said he and Roark are going operate the budget wisely and use it to improve and meet the needs of the county.