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Tupelo's new mayor creates community task force

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/10/2013 9:15 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is starting a task force to make city leaders more accessible.

Shelton says this move is a promise he made to voters to make city leaders more accountable and government work more transparent.

"I campaigned on being a good steward in this office for the citizens of Tupelo. And, to be the most open and transparent administration in the history of Tupelo," said Mayor Shelton. 

Shelton says the Accountability and Transparency Task Force will help him keep an ear open to what citizens are saying.

"And that's kind of a report card so to speak of how we are doing," Shelton continued.

The first member of the newly-formed task force is physician Dr. James Coniglio. 

"I appointed Dr.Coniglio on Monday as chairman of the committee. And, part of his initial duties is to assist in defining and looking at other models, looking at other cities," said Shelton.

Dr. Coniglio believes his 28 years of military service gives him the perspective he needs to operate the task force.

"Well, there are a lot of people who have done it. New York has an excellent site on it. New Orleans also has an excellent site on it. The whole idea is to get more participation of the residents of the city in both the knowledge about what's going on in their city and also how they can participate in it," replied Coniglio.

Mayor Shelton asked each council member to nominate a person from their ward to serve on the task force. 

Dr. Coniglio has completed a concept paper for the group and hopes to submit it to the mayor by the end of the week.
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