JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – There were tensions during Monday morning’s Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting. The tensions led to Supervisor holding a news conference where he accused Board President Credell Calhoun of corruption.
Archie claimed Calhoun put his personal business first, particularly when it comes to the decision not to renew the county’s former public works director after asking him to complete an assignment.
Calhoun disputed the allegations. He said there isn’t any corruption with his administration in Hinds County.
Archie said he instructed the administrator not to go into any private meetings with Calhoun until an investigation is completed. He believes Calhoun goes into the private meetings and instructs administrators to do things that are “forbidden.”
Archie also said Calhoun and Hinds County Elections Commission President Toni Johnson are pocketing money. During Monday’s meeting, Johnson asked for $60,000 to distribute items for municipal elections. Archie said Johnson originally asked for $40,000 and didn’t explain why she needed the extra $20,000. He said Johnson spoke to a supervisor about the increase, but he didn’t say who the supervisor was.
Calhoun said he’s doing everything that he knows to make Hinds County become “the mecca of the south.” He mad a motion during Monday’s meeting to take $2.8 million of state aid money out of Hinds County District 2. The decision didn’t sit well with Archie, but Calhoun said he lent $4 million of the state aid to District 2, and Archie has spent almost all of the funds. Calhoun plans to split the $2.8 million between the rest of the districts.
Johnson released a statement that said, “We are excited to work with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors on voter education countywide as we move toward midterm elections in 2022. This is a year long program that will provide vital and critical information to voters.”
At this time, 12 News is not aware of any investigation of Calhoun.