Outstanding Public Official Interview with Mayor Charley Dumas

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The Center for Government and Community Development works closely with many public officials throughout the state of Mississippi. From Prentiss, MS, Charley Dumas is one of those public officials. Mr. Dumas is the Mayor of Prentiss and is one of the exceptional colleagues we have the pleasure of working with. We interviewed Mr. Dumas to highlight his success within his municipality. As mayor, he serves as the head of the city and represents the government and community as a whole. Mr. Dumas is an outstanding public official in the state of Mississippi.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and how you came to be mayor of Prentiss, MS?

Dumas: I was born and raised in Prentiss. After college, I returned home and worked for a short time at the local newspaper, covering board meetings for the town, county and school system. Politics had always been an interest of mine and I eventually ran for alderman, which I held for one term before becoming mayor in 1997.

Q: What does a normal day usually entail (in respect to your duties as Mayor)?

Dumas: Generally, checking in with all my department heads to get a run-down of anything that might be happening which may require my attention, doing the same with office staff, and the usual meetings or appointments as they occur.

Q: What is your favorite part about being Mayor?

Dumas: It's always great to be able to address and solve local issues, but personally, it's afforded me the opportunity to meet and become friends with some truly great people around this state, other mayors and local officials that, otherwise, I wouldn't have ever met.

Q: What advice would you give other local government officials in the state of Mississippi?

Dumas: Surround yourself with good people. I'm fortunate to work with people who are tremendously devoted and committed to their jobs and I know that's not the case everywhere. Also, it's not a crime to steal good ideas from other communities. If it works elsewhere, it's liable to work for your city or town.

Q: Other than serving as Mayor, in what other ways do you serve your community or state?

Dumas: I'm a member of our local Rotary Club and chamber of commerce, a board member for the Longleaf Trace, and serve on several other local church and advisory boards. I've also served as president of the Mississippi Municipal League and still serve on several of its committees.

Q: When did you first become aware of the Center for Government and Community Development?

Dumas: While attending municipal conferences and learning about the services and programs offered by the GCD.

Q: How is/has the Center for Government and Community Development (been) important to you?

Dumas: The educational programs and training activities given by the GCD have been a great source of information and assistance over the years in providing ideas in "best practices" and general governmental knowledge.

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