BREAKING NEWS Mississippi tightens COVID restrictions in 13 counties Full Story

Mayor speaks out after Aberdeen Board of Alderman vote to slash salary

After an hour long executive session, the Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night in open session 4 to 0 to slash Mayor Maurice Howard's salary by $15,000.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 9:09 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2018 1:38 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss (WTVA) -- After an hour long executive session, the Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night in open session 4 to 0 to slash Mayor Maurice Howard's salary by $15,000.

It's about them not being able to micromanage me," replied Mayor Maurice Howard. "If I do what they say, I can join in the clique, but I've never been that type of person."

City officials say the mayor makes $44,054 a year but Howard hasn't been available to the public, absent from day to day responsibilities at city hall, not engaging with the board and not posting his schedule.

"If I don't do exactly what they say, they hurt the city," said Myor Howard. "You take away the festival to hurt me, but you're hurting the citizens. You turn down jobs to hurt me, but you're hurting the citizens."

The Mayor was a no show Tuesday night. The vice mayor didn't vote since presided over meeting.

Howard tells WTVA the board agreedn ot to meet due to out of town plans.

"They purposefully did that so they could do what they did last night," commented the Mayor.

The board also voted to suspend all of the Mayor's out of town travel because Howard has failed to turn in his receipts as required by state law.

"This picture right here represents the city of Aberdeen," said Howard, pointing to a picture of himself and the board. "None of these people on this side of me wants to see change in the city. As long as those people are sitting upstairs, we will have complete and utter chaos."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33591

Reported Deaths: 1204
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds264246
DeSoto176718
Madison135536
Jones115949
Neshoba101673
Harrison100312
Rankin99915
Lauderdale93781
Forrest92743
Scott78515
Jackson70417
Copiah62715
Washington62610
Leake59820
Lee57521
Holmes57041
Oktibbeha55728
Wayne55116
Warren54020
Yazoo5336
Grenada5227
Lowndes51513
Leflore50756
Lamar5007
Lincoln49234
Pike46617
Sunflower4368
Monroe43135
Lafayette4194
Covington3965
Panola3926
Bolivar37018
Attala36523
Simpson3603
Newton35210
Adams33218
Tate31912
Pontotoc3166
Marion30812
Chickasaw29119
Claiborne28910
Winston28210
Noxubee2738
Pearl River26932
Jasper2666
Marshall2643
Clay25111
Smith23412
Union23311
Coahoma2136
Clarke21125
Walthall2087
Lawrence1892
Yalobusha1838
Kemper17914
Carroll17111
Humphreys1569
Tallahatchie1564
Montgomery1432
Calhoun1425
Tippah14211
Itawamba1408
Hancock13413
Webster12811
Tunica1153
Jefferson1143
Jefferson Davis1144
Prentiss1113
Greene1089
Amite1043
George943
Wilkinson949
Tishomingo911
Quitman891
Alcorn762
Perry764
Choctaw754
Stone722
Franklin472
Benton420
Sharkey400
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 48588

Reported Deaths: 1042
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson5687161
Mobile4315136
Montgomery4275109
Tuscaloosa238248
Marshall181511
Madison16208
Lee146337
Shelby141424
Morgan11575
Baldwin10399
Walker101825
Elmore97519
Dallas9189
Franklin90616
Etowah83413
DeKalb7905
Chambers64727
Autauga64312
Butler63728
Tallapoosa60669
Russell5890
Unassigned53826
Houston5366
Limestone5251
Lauderdale5146
Cullman4905
Lowndes47922
Pike4525
Colbert4426
St. Clair4402
Escambia4358
Calhoun4035
Coffee3923
Covington38110
Bullock36910
Barbour3622
Jackson3432
Talladega3337
Dale3261
Marengo32011
Hale31722
Wilcox2958
Clarke2876
Sumter28512
Winston2773
Chilton2762
Blount2581
Monroe2442
Pickens2446
Marion24114
Randolph2289
Conecuh2187
Macon2029
Choctaw19912
Bibb1981
Greene1888
Perry1791
Henry1403
Crenshaw1253
Washington1217
Lawrence1130
Cherokee1117
Geneva860
Lamar801
Fayette721
Clay692
Coosa601
Cleburne391
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Overcast
92° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 99°
Columbus
Few Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 100°
Oxford
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 90°
Starkville
Broken Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 93°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather