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'''Rankin County''' is one of [[Mississippi counties (Sunshine Review)|82 counties]] in [[Mississippi]]. It is named in honor of Christopher Rankin, a Mississippi congressman who served from 1819 to 1826.  As of 2010, the population was 141,617.  The [[county seat]] is Brandon.  It is part of the [[Jackson, Mississippi]] Metropolitan Area.
 
'''Rankin County''' is one of [[Mississippi counties (Sunshine Review)|82 counties]] in [[Mississippi]]. It is named in honor of Christopher Rankin, a Mississippi congressman who served from 1819 to 1826.  As of 2010, the population was 141,617.  The [[county seat]] is Brandon.  It is part of the [[Jackson, Mississippi]] Metropolitan Area.

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Rankin County is one of 82 counties in Mississippi. It is named in honor of Christopher Rankin, a Mississippi congressman who served from 1819 to 1826. As of 2010, the population was 141,617. The county seat is Brandon. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Area.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Mississippi county websites

Last rated on September 6, 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting times are available. [1]
  • Elected Officials
    • County supervisors are listed with email addresses.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed under respective departments.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Planning information is posted. [3] [4]
  • Public Records
    • Some information on obtaining public land records is posted. [5] [6]
  • Local Taxes
    • Property taxes can be paid online.[7]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not posted.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting location, agendas, and minutes are not available.
  • Elected Officials
    • Phone numbers are not provided.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Bids and contracts are not available.
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records other than land records.
  • Local Taxes
    • No information regarding tax rates or revenue.

Board of Supervisors

The five-member board is the chief policy making and administrative body or unit of the county. Each county is divided into five districts, commonly referred to as "beats". Each district elects a supervisor who serves a four-year term.[2]

Each supervisor handles some administrative duties in their district, together the members set policy. While each supervisor represents their district, all of the members are expected to look after the good of the county as a whole.[2]

The power to tax and the power to appropriate and budget funds are the two most significant powers the board exercises. Road construction and maintenance are also the responsibility of the Board, which are responsible for hundreds of miles of local highways and roads. The board can also set traffic regulations for the county roads.[2]

Board meetings are held twice a month. Meetings are open to the public. The board serves a unique role in Mississippi counties -- it is the one body which supervises almost everything that goes on in county government.[2]

County Administration

Clovis Reed - County Administrator[8]

The Board of Supervisors delegate and assign to the county administrator the duties and responsibilities, in whole or in part, as the Board may determine, not contrary to the laws of the State of Mississippi or the Constitution, and not assigned by law to other officers as follows:[8]

  • Employ an office clerk and such other technical and secretarial assistance for the board as may be needed, maintain an office for the board and prepare a budget for his office subject to approval of the board;
  • Generate the Board of Supervisor's agenda. The agenda is a detailed list of the items to be discussed in a Board Meeting. Citizens or organizations wishing to participate in a Board Meeting, should contact this office to be included on the agenda.
  • Advise the Board as to the county eligibility and availability of federal or state grants and assistance.
  • Securing insurance coverage for the county.
  • Be responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the board of supervisors;
  • Exercise supervision over the boards or other divisions of county government, except for the sheriff's department, financed in whole or in part through taxes levied on county property and purchases shall be made from vendors whose bids have been accepted by the board of supervisors under the provisions of law;
  • Prepare the budget for consideration by the board of supervisors and assist the board of supervisors in the preparation of the tax levy; however, the sheriff, any governing authority, as defined in Section 31-7-1, funded in whole or in part by the board of supervisors shall be responsible for preparing their respective budgets for consideration by the board of supervisors;
  • Make inquiry of any person or group using county funds appropriated by the board of supervisors as to the use or proper use of such funds and shall report to the board of supervisors as to such findings;
  • Have general supervision over the county sanitary landfills and refuse collection procedures;
  • Have general supervision over county-owned parks, playgrounds and recreation areas;
  • Have general supervision over any and all zoning and building code ordinances adopted by the board of supervisors and shall administer such ordinances;
  • Have general supervision over any and all airports owned by the county;
  • Be the liaison officer to work with the various divisions of county government and agencies to see that county-owned property is properly managed, maintained, repaired, improved, kept or stored;
  • See that all orders, resolutions and regulations of the board of supervisors are faithfully executed;
  • Make reports to the board from time to time concerning the affairs of the county and keep the board fully advised as to the financial condition of the county and future financial needs;
  • Keep the board of supervisors informed as to federal and state laws and regulations which affect the board of supervisors and the county, shall advise the board as to the possible availability of federal or state grants and assistance for which the county may be eligible, shall assist in the preparation and submission of plans and project specifications necessary to acquire such assistance, and shall be the administrating officer of county grants from state and federal sources;
  • Be charged with the responsibility of securing insurance coverage on such county property as the board shall decide should be insured and of securing any other insurance required or authorized by law. He shall work out a plan of insurance for the county which will ensure minimum premiums;
  • Receive inquires and complaints from citizens of the county as to the operation of county government, investigate such inquires and complaints, and shall report his finding to the board and the individual supervisor of the district from which such inquiry or complaint arises;
  • Meet regularly with the board of supervisors and have full privileges of discussion but no vote;
  • Perform any and all other administrative duties that the board of supervisors could legally perform themselves and that they can legally delegate without violating the laws of the state nor impinging upon the duties set out by law for other officers.

Road Management

The Road Department was established as a result of House Bill No. 4, which required the Board of Supervisors (Board) to operate a county wide system of road administration, effective October 1989. The Department operates under policies which have been adopted by the Board and by statutory authority in accordance with Section 65-17-1 of the Mississippi Code.[9]

The administrative head of the Department is Road Manager George Bobo. He is appointed by the Board, and is educated and experienced in the construction and maintenance of highways, bridges, and other facets of public works responsibilities. The Road Manager oversees the construction and maintenance of rural roads and bridges throughout rural Rankin County, Mississippi.[9]

Spending

The Rankin County website does not provide information on current or past budgets.[10]

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors approved a budget for fiscal year 2011 that is $555,564 less than FY2010. The County Administrator, Clovis Reed, made a presentation to the board reviewing key parts of the budget. Here are some highlights:[10]

  • No Tax Increase
  • Includes 1 additional Public Defender to expedite cases/reduce local jail time
  • Fully funds all County services
  • Includes funds for county wide elections
  • Continues the aggressive infrastructure program funded through 2008 bonds
  • Fully supports strong law enforcement and public safety programs
  • Provides full funding to maintain and improve roads and bridges
  • Supports efforts to attract new and sustain existing jobs and businesses

A 2011 budget summary can be downloaded here.

Public Records

There is some information on public records requests pertaining to land rolls, personal property rolls, mass appraisal information, inventory maps, mobile home roll, and voter registration rolls, but no information on more common public record requests relating to budgets, emails, and other issues.

Emergency Services

Fire Coordinator

Rankin County Fire / Emergency Service is responsible for providing fire suppression, prevention, pre-hospital medical care, and rescue to the 120,000 citizens of the county covering approximately 800 square miles. There are a total of twenty-one departments operating out of thirty-five stations located throughout the county. The first line response vehicles include four aerial devices, over thirty pumpers, fifteen rescue squads, twenty tankers and several special response units (brush rigs).[11]

Fire Department Department Chief Station Location(s)
Brandon Fire Dept James Rutland Central Station - 629 Marquette Rd, Brandon, 601-824-4636
Station #2 - 213 Poindexter St, Brandon, 601-825-6256
Crossgates Station - 16 Woodgate Dr, Brandon, 601-825-8183
Clear Branch Fire Dept Harold Ross White Rd
Cleary Fire Dept Jim Palmer Cleary Heights Subdivision, Florence
Cato Fire Dept Tim Holmes Wade Patrick Rd
Evergreen Fire Dept Keith Smith Andrew Chapel Rd
Flowood Fire Dept Tim Pace Station #1 - Hwy 25, Flowood
Station #2 - Pin Oak Dr, Flowood
Florence Fire Dept Chip Taylor Dewees St, Florence
Lake Harbor Fire Dept Robert Ingle Station #1 - Hwy 43 North
Station #2 - Hwy 43 North
Langford Fire Dept Josh Carter Hwy 471
Leesburg Fire Dept Tony King Hwy 481
Monterey Fire Dept James Webb Monterey Rd
Mountain Creek Fire Dept Anthony Bethany Hwy 469 South
Pearl Fire Dept Rob Martin Station #1 - Pearson Rd, Pearl
Station #2 - Pruitt Ln, Pearl
Station #3 - Old Whitfield Rd, Pearl
Station #4 - Hwy 80, East
Pelahatchie Fire Dept Clark Phillips Hwy 80, Pelahatchie
Puckett Fire Dept Marvin Phillips Station #1 - Hwy 18, Puckett
Station #2 - Hwy 18, Puckett
Reservoir Fire Dept Scott Berry Station # 1 - Spillway Rd
Station #2 - Castlewoods Bd
Station # 3 - Church Rd
Richland Fire Dept Jim McClendon Station # 1 - Old Hwy 49
Station #2 - Cleary Rd
Robinhood Fire Dept Charles Burns Station # 1 - Old Lake Rd
Station # 2 - Will Stutely Dr
Shell Road Fire Dept J. G. McGraw Wade Patrick Rd
Star Fire Dept Lee Boggs Station # 1 - Lowflin Rd
Station #2 - Plantation Shores
Walters Fire Dept Aaron Henderson Station # 1 - Walters Rd
Station #2 - Hwy 43 South

Rankin County has more certified firefighters than any other county in the State. Based on that fact, the county has lower insurance ratings. All graded parts of the county are at least an ISO class 8 with three areas being a class 5 and two being a 6.[11]

All units operate under automatic mutual aid response on structure fires or other large events. Over 60% of firefighters are trained to at least the first responder level with many being certified to the EMT and paramedic level. Other areas of certification include: high angle rescue, confined space rescue, haz-mat technician, fire service instructor, dive rescue, WMD, Smoke Diver, rescue specialist, and extrication.[11]

In 2001 Rankin County purchased 40 bi-phasic automatic defibrillators to be placed each of the apparatus. In 2002-03, two 2000 gallon tankers were added to the fleet, and in 2004-05 several new rescue vehicles and an additional tanker were added.[11]


External links

References

  1. Rankin County, Board of Supervisors, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rankin County, Board of Supervisors, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  3. Rankin County, Community Development Online Services, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  4. Rankin County, Community Development FAQ, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  5. Rankin County, Chancery Clerk FAQ, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  6. Rankin County, IT FAQ, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  7. Rankin County, Property Taxes Online, Accessed: September 6, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 County Administration
  9. 9.0 9.1 Road Department
  10. 10.0 10.1 'Rankin County 2011 Budget', Ross Barnett Reservoir, accessed May 2, 2011
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Fire Coordinator