By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Two longstanding Alcorn County Justice Court officials were recently terminated, according to Chancery Clerk Greg Younger.
Donna Taylor, who was effectively serving as an interim justice court clerk, was terminated by the board supervisors in the past month after 26 years, Younger said.
Taylor effectively became the justice court clerk after the former clerk, Jone Dixon, was terminated by the board of supervisors in May, said Younger. Dixon had worked for the county about 18 years.
Younger could not provide specifics on the reasons for Taylor’s and Dixon’s terminations, but said they were terminated “for cause.” He referred questions seeking more specifics to Board of Supervisors Attorney Bill Davis, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
However, Younger said Dixon’s and Taylor’s terminations were unrelated, adding there were “different sets of circumstances for each one.”
A former deputy clerk in the justice court, Jeanette Tullis, was arrested in May by special agents from the state auditor’s office for allegedly embezzling funds. She had already resigned from the court in 2015 prior to her arrest in May.
In her 2015 resignation letter to the board of supervisors, Tullis said she was resigning for health reasons.
Younger said “to my knowledge” there is no current investigation into the justice court clerk’s office. Furthermore, Younger said the terminations of Dixon and Taylor were not related to the investigation of Tullis.
A new justice court clerk has now been appointed, and she is Briony Mitchell.
Judge Announces Resignation
Justice Court Judge Steve Little is the most recent official to announce he is leaving the court. He resigned his post Monday after 23 years effective Dec. 31. Little cited recent changes in law, his visual impairment and the lack of a third judge as the reasons for his resignation in a letter to the board of supervisors.
Jerry Gifford, a former Alcorn County Justice Court judge and Mississippi Department of Corrections officer, has been appointed by the county supervisors to serve the remaining year in Little’s term.