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Another Starkville city official steps down

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Updated: 12/02/2013 10:49 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Another Starkville department head has stepped down from his position.

Mayor Parker Wiseman says that William "Bill" Snowden, the city's Community Developer, made the announcement for personal reasons. 

Snowden is the fourth official to be fired or resign within the past year.

Mayor Wiseman says Snowden's departure is unfortunate.

"Mr. Snowden indicated he needs to focus his attention on some other things right now. And, certainly, I understand that. And we will miss him," said Wiseman.

The mayor called Snowden a valuable member of the city's team for about the past eight months.

"We're very grateful for his time here and wish him nothing but the very best in his future endeavors," the mayor stated. 

According to Mayor Wiseman, Snowden's job is an important part of city government and it involves development projects. 

Mayor Wiseman deflects any notion that the Snowden resignation somehow makes the city look bad coming on the heels of the resignation of the city's police chief.

Starkville Police Chief David Lindley was placed on administative leave by the Board of Aldermen in Starkville last month.

Lindley later announced he will resign effective December 31st.

Mayor Wiseman stresses this latest resignation does not portray the city in a negative aspect.

"Now, as I indicated earlier, this was a personal decision on Mr. Snowden's part, and that happens," he continued.

Some local residents are more skeptical of what is going on at city hall.

"Not really sure, but I'd say there is a problem," said a man outside of Kroger.

"Well, I think it's an indication of the leadership. I thinks it's an indication of the leadership we have all over our country right now," said another resident. 

Last July, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to fire Starkville Chief Operating Officer Lynn Spruill. 

Mayor Wiseman vetoed the board's vote, who in turn, overrode his veto.

Also last July, former Starkville Parks and Receation Director Matthew Rye resigned from his position. 
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