Freddie White-Johnson has resigned from the Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board, citing time constraints.

On Monday, the Leflore County Board of Supervisors named Tracy Shelton of Staplcotn to take White-Johnson’s place on the five-member hospital board.

White-Johnson, in a letter to the Board of Supervisors, indicated she has had difficulty making the hospital board meetings in part because of the time change made earlier this year from 6 p.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“My other commitments in serving all mankind throughout the state of Mississippi, especially in the rural Mississippi Delta, have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my position on the hospital’s board,” the founder and president of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation said in her letter dated Sept. 25.

The letter was written on the same day that the hospital board, including White-Johnson, voted unanimously to hire Gary Marchand as interim CEO. Prior to that meeting, White-Johnson had been absent from four straight meetings in September. Her resignation took effect Sept. 30.

She had earlier resigned as the hospital board’s vice chairman and had been replaced in that role by Marcus Banks.

“It has been a pleasure being a part of the Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s board. I am proud of all we have accomplished in the past couple of years,” she said in her letter. “Being a member of this board has been an experience (good and bad) that I’ll never forget and I will always appreciate all of the valuable experience I have learned.”

White-Johnson’s departure marks a 100 percent turnover in the hospital board since December 2016, when she first joined it. Two of the five members are appointed by the county, two by the city of Greenwood and one is a joint appointment.

Shelton, in addition to her work at the Greenwood-headquartered cotton marketing cooperative, has been active as a volunteer in several organizations, including serving as president or chairwoman of the boards of The Salvation Army and the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors:

• Received reports from Tax Collector Annie Conley showing $16,323 in taxes on mobile homes and $286,706 in taxes on business personal property still unpaid that had come due at the first of February. The largest delinquency, $143,207, was for Hardware Distribution Warehouses Inc. The Texas-based hardware distribution company went out of business earlier this year, closing down its Greenwood operation.

District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham encouraged Conley to work with County Attorney Joyce Chiles to pursue the delinquent taxes, including putting a lien on HDW’s shuttered 92,000-square-foot facility in the Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Park, if HDW still owns it.

“If they sell that building, you’re not going to have anything to go against them on,” Abraham said.

• Directed County Engineer Shane Correro to work up the specifications needed to begin soliciting bids for replacing two bridges — one on County Road 546 near Itta Bena and another on County Road 545. State Aid Road Construction funds of $135,000 will be applied toward the cost.

• Approved spending an additional $8,700 on changing out the courthouse’s fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting. The project, originally budgeted for $81,000, is being paid in part by a state grant.

• Agreed to assist the Abotlapoota Master Water Management District of Carroll and Leflore Counties Mississippi with replacing a deteriorated culvert that crosses County Road 533.

Prior to the regular meeting, the Board of Supervisors held a closed-door hearing for more than two hours to deal with an employee’s grievance. District 2’s Reginald Moore attended that hearing but left soon afterward and missed the board’s regular meeting.

Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

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