Roger Herrin has received the opportunity to put his 28 years of experience at the helm of the City of Purvis to use for the next four years, as he was recently elected to an eight term as the city’s mayor.
In final but unofficial results from the June 8 general election, Herrin defeated opponent Jeremy Reid, 171 votes to 72. Herrin, along with members of the Sumrall Board of Aldermen, will be sworn in for their new terms on July 1.
“I enjoy doing it, and it’s going to be full steam ahead,” Herrin said. “We’ve got a lot of things to do in the town, and a lot of plans that we’re working on diligently.
“It never ends, whether it’s five years or 50 years. It’s no different than the seventh term or the sixth term.”
In the upcoming years, Herrin plans to focus on issues such as infrastructure at the city’s wastewater treatment facility. A new Purvis City Hall is also in the works across from the Purvis Police Department on Shelby Speights Drive.
“We’re supposed to get a (grant) check at the end of July, so I’m going to wait until I’ve got some money in my hand to really get excited about the (new city hall),” Herrin said. “We’ve talked to architects and we’re doing a little bit of stuff, and I know some money is coming, but until it gets in our account there’s really nothing I can do until I’ve got that on hand.”
Work will also continue to improve the city’s water lines, street signs and sewer pump.
“It’s full steam ahead with everything; we’ve got a lot of good things going on,” Herrin said. “We’ve got several new businesses, and we’re hoping for a couple more that we’re working on.
“It’s an ongoing thing, and it never stops. But I’ve got the honor and privilege of doing it, and I’ve got the time to do my other job, so I’m lucky and blessed in that sense, that I can do both. I’m going to run it like a business and take care of other people’s money.”
The following are general election results for the Purvis Board of Aldermen. All candidates ran unopposed, and as Independents.
- Alderman-At-Large: Wendell Hudson, 224 votes
- Ward 1: Donna Bielstein, 53 votes
- Ward 2: Vernon Hartfield, 39 votes
- Ward 3: Jerry Smith, 74 votes
- Ward 4: Deborah Ferrell, 47 votes