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Mayor's Report


Jan 04

Serve Southaven

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 3:54 PM by Darren Musselwhite

When I began my public service to the City in 2013, I realized quickly that we have so many citizens that reach out for help with diverse needs.  I also realized that we have many wonderful people that sincerely want to serve our city and those citizens that are in need.  These two realizations prompted me, with the help of my Board of Aldermen and some key volunteers, to create a network of churches, charitable organizations, and other individuals that want to serve our city and specifically minister to those that have special needs.

Serve Southaven was officially created in 2015 as an outreach program to function as a "hub" in connecting those in need with those that want to help.  The following facets were designated as specific goals for service:

  • City Beautification
  • Emergency Aid
  • Food Distribution
  • Youth Interaction
  • Elderly and Special Needs
This program has been effective but has much more potential for our city.  Please contact Kristi Faulkner at kfaulkner@southaven.org or 662.393.6939 if you or your organization is interested in serving in any capacity.
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Jan 04

City Entrance and Metro Street Signs

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 12:35 PM by Darren Musselwhite

As part of a larger plan to beautify Southaven, the City recently installed 17 decorative entrance signs and will eventually complete the process of having these signs at 23 arterial entrances to our city.  Larger double-post signs are being used in higher-traffic volume areas and the single-post signs used with smaller road-shoulder areas with less volume. 

In addition, decorative "metro" street signs will replace the standard green signs on the traffic signal mast arm poles at high-profile intersections.  The installation of these should be complete in early 2017.

Both of these projects will contribute to our beautification plan and show the pride we have in our great city and also improve our economic attractiveness, in general.

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Dec 19

City Receives Prestigious GFOA Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 1:49 PM by Darren Musselwhite

The City recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for our comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2015 which ended September 30, 2015.

The GFOA, which began in 1945 and has offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C., exists to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally-accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. 

This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  There are over 89,000 local governments/districts in the U.S. and 4,181 received this prestigious award placing Southaven in the top 5% nationwide.

Transparency and excellent financial reporting are a standard and priority with me and our Board and I acknowledge our Chief Financial Officer Edi McIlwain and Chief Administrative Officer Chris Wilson for their efforts in making this achievement possible.