by Sean Macken

Long Beach Fire Chief Mike Brown announced at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting in City Hall that he would retire effective July 1st.  A packed agenda for the February 5, 2019 Long Beach Board of Alderman Meeting had Mayor George Bass, speaking for the City, thanking Chief Brown for his 42 years of service to the Fire Department and the City of Long Beach.

Immediately following, the Board unanimously approved Deputy Fire Chief Griff Skellie to replace Chief Brown and promoted Firemen George Byrd to the position of Assistant Fire Chief, all effective July 1st.

Continuing with key actions, the Board approved Thomas Carpenter, as the new Long Beach School Board Trustee for the School District with a term ending March 2024.  Carpenter replaced Angie Johnson, who’s term is set to expire at the end of March this year.

After, the Board selected The Gazebo Gazette as the City’s weekly legal advertising agent for the second consecutive year.

On a lighter note, the Board approved department resources for the Touch-a-Truck event happening from 9am – 3pm on March 23, 2019 at the Long Beach Harbor hosted by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Next, the Board authorized up to $5,000 for entertainment as part of the Jeepin’ the Coast event held June 1st in Long Beach. Jeepin’ the Coast is jointly sponsored by the Long Beach Board of Aldermen and Harrison County Board of Supervisors.

Finally, other actions include approving requests for proposals to lease the Long Beach Harbor Bait Shop and department requests.  February 19th at 5pm in Long Beach City Hall is when the next meeting is scheduled.