Madison Aldermen Guy Bowering, Pat Peeler and Ken Jacobs attended the recent Mississippi Municipal League conference.
Madison Aldermen Guy Bowering, Pat Peeler and Ken Jacobs attended the recent Mississippi Municipal League conference.
Three Madison aldermen recently attended three days of training and leadership development presented at the Mississippi Municipal League’s 88th Annual Conference at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center. 

Aldermen Guy Bowering, Pat Peeler and Ken Jacobs celebrated the League’s 88 years of service to Mississippi’s cities and towns. The conference theme, “Hitting a Home Run with Home Rule,” brought a central focus to the importance of Home Rule, which allows Mississippi municipalities the authority to regulate their own affairs and to adopt orders, resolutions, and ordinances that are necessary to do so. This theme also highlighted the efforts that the League makes each year at the Capitol in encouraging the Mississippi Legislature not to pass laws that preempt local authority. 

“The MML Annual Conference allows municipal elected officials from across the state to participate in education sessions taught by subject matter experts on topics critical to the operation of municipal government. We also have the opportunity to network and share ideas with each other,” said French Camp Mayor Glen Barlow, 2018-2019 MML president.

An estimated 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency representatives, legislators, exhibitors and others attended the annual event. Many state and federal agencies provided speakers for the educational sessions, including the attorney general’s office, state auditor’s office, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Planning and Development Districts and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Topics included state law updates, community health initiatives, municipal liability issues, community and economic development, human resource management, Census programs, and water and sewer issues.

Candidates for statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and others addressed the conference members. Other conference highlights included the presentation of the 2019 Municipal Excellence Awards, an induction ceremony for the 2019 Municipal Hall of Fame and an expo show which showcased over 200 businesses, state agencies and other organizations.

Established in 1931, MML represents 293 city, town and village governments in Mississippi. The mission of the MML is helping cities and towns excel through training, lobbying at the state and federal level and providing resources and networking opportunities with state, federal and private entities.