During the Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting Monday Mayor Diane Delaware noted that the current board marks one year in office.
She sang a brief song to sum up the experience:
“I’ve had some good days.
I’ve had some bad days.
But I can’t complain.”
Delaware’s song drew a spirited applause from the audience.
The mayor continued by saying that she and the board have based many of their decisions on the response to a community survey conducted after she took office. She said another survey will be conducted in the future.
Ward 2 Alderman Dr. Jack Varner said he agrees with Delaware’s assessment that there have been good times and bad, but he appreciates the work she has done, particularly bringing more accountability to city departments.
“I don’t believe that our city clerk’s office or all of our departments would be where we are now without your leadership and without your mini-managing,” Varner said. “I would also like to tell the public that I think after a year of controversy on some things, it seems like this board has come together and is looking at one purpose – and that is for a better Yazoo City. This past year hasn’t been bad, but I think we’ll be much better in the next three.”
The mayor said her work improving the performance of city departments and department heads continues. Delaware explained that in recent weeks she has been closely observing city departments to see how they function without guidance.
“During the last month I’ve done one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do, and that is what I call controlled observance,” Delaware said. “That’s difficult for a manager to do, but that’s what I’ve had to do. You must sit back and just allow things to happen, because that’s the only way you can know how good or bad the operation is. Unbeknownst to our department heads, and to our board, there are reasons for some of our successes this month and some of our failures because I have given very little direction. At the beginning of this term I was told that I shouldn’t give any direction, and I should just sit back, relax, and let it all happen. One of the things that I have known all my life is that is truly not what managing, leading or guiding means. You certainly don’t meddle, but the role in fact is to assure that tasks are performed in a well thought out way.”
Delaware said that during the period where she allowed city department to perform on their own the city “lost some ground, and gained some ground.” She said she will be meeting with department heads and going over what she observed and reviewing their performance.
She said she has also sought performance reviews from the aldermen.
Delaware’s nomination to the PSC Board was incorrectly stated during the Monday meeting as Roy Wilson.
Her nomination is Johnny Wilson.