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Almost half of Oktibbeha officials' 2013 economic filings missing


Carl Smith



Personal economic filings for 2013 are unavailable on the Mississippi Ethics Commission's website for nine of 20 elected Oktibbeha County officials, a survey of the site showed Wednesday. 


Of the 11 available submissions, the state Ethics Commission's site shows three officials' filings were posted after the May 1 deadline. 


All statewide, district, county and municipal elected officials must file statements of economic interest with the state Ethics Commission each year. Incumbents must file every year on or before May 1, while appointees must file within 30 days of assuming office. 


The one-page document provides a brief snapshot of officials' economic ties, including income earned from all businesses and entities, control or ownership of companies and work and financial ties of spouses and other person who reside with them. 


SEI submissions from District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer, County Engineer Clyde Pritchard, Coroner Michael Hunt, Justice Court Judge Jim Mills, Constable James Lindsey, Constable Shank Phelps, Chancery Clerk Monica Banks, Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton and Surveyor Tom Gregory were unavailable on the Internet Wednesday. 


A review showed an original filing dated May 5 for District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams and a revised filing posted by the state's site on May 13 for County Prosecutor Haley Brown. District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery filed his SEI Wednesday after speaking with The Dispatch, and Trainer said he would soon follow suit. 


Anyone who fails to file their SEI within a year of applicable deadline or who knowingly fails to disclose required information can be fined up to $10,000, according to the commission's website. 


While the state requires yearly filings from incumbents, the state Ethics Commission's site only shows thorough documentation for five officials since the 2011 countywide election. 


For example, District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard, District 4 Supervisor Daniel Jackson, Justice Court Judge Bernard Crump and Justice Court Judge William Boykin, all incumbents in the last countywide election, have online SEIs for each year dating back to 2009. The site shows records for Tax Assessor Allen Morgan, who was elected to his first term three years ago, from 2010 to last year. 


Comparatively, the site shows only 2013's submission for Williams, who was elected to his first term as district supervisor in 2011. 


Other elected officials who are missing 2009-2012 SEIs on the state Ethics Commission's website include Trainer (2011 and 2012), Pritchard (2009), Hunt (2010, 2011, 2012), Mills (2011, 2012), Phelps (2011, 2012), Banks (2011, 2012), Gregory (2009, 2011 and 2012), Montgomery (2011, 2012), Williams (2010, 2011, and 2012), Constable Curtis Randle (2012) and Sheriff Steve Gladney (2011).


Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch



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