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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Wheatley Street Improvements

Wheatley Street will be closed to thru traffic this week. Please use alternate routes such as School Street, Pear Orchard and Towne Center Blvd to avoid Wheatley Street from School Street to the northern entrance to Wal-Mart. Wheatley will not be closed to local traffic. One-lane closures with flagmen directing vehicles can be expected.

  • The construction schedule for Wheatley Street:  Tuesday, July 28 – pave from School Street to Lake Harbour Drive and Thursday, July 30 – mill from Lake Harbour Drive to Wal-Mart’s north entrance.
  • Wheatley Street from Wal-Mart to County Line Road will be closed during the first two weeks of August for milling and paving. Please use the detour route shown on this map – Towne Center Blvd, Pear Orchard Road and County Line Road – during that portion of the road improvement project.

Neal Sworn In As Ridgeland Police Chief

John Neal was sworn in by Mayor Gene McGee on July 1, 2015 as the Ridgeland Police Chief. Neal had most recently served the Ridgeland Police Department as Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division, and he has worked for the Ridgeland Police Department for almost 27 years. Neal was appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on May 19 to begin his new position after Randy Tyler retires as Police Chief on June 30.

Lieutenant John Neal was sworn in by Mayor Gene McGee on July 1, 2015 as the Ridgeland Police Chief. Neal has worked for the Ridgeland Police Department for almost 27 years, serving in both the patrol and investigations divisions and as commander in those divisions. He was appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on May 19 to begin his new position after Randy Tyler retires as Police Chief on June 30.The Ridgeland Police Department works to protect and serve the public in Ridgeland and consists of 85 employees.

Police Officer of the Month

Officer Erin Boyd was recognized at the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting on June 16, 2015 for being selected as Officer of the Month for May. Mayor McGee informed Officer Boyd that her actions were commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Officer Erin Boyd was recognized at the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting on June 16, 2015 for being selected as Officer of the Month for May. Mayor McGee informed Officer Boyd that her actions were commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Superstar Seniors July Newsletter

Download the latest news and announcements as well as the monthly calendar of programs and events for Superstar Seniors here:  July 2015 Newsletter.

Fireworks Show at the Reservoir

res fireworks DSC_2386-Edit-EditThe Barnett Reservoir Foundation and Pearl River Valley Water Supply District have announced that the fireworks show will launch at 9 p.m. to conclude the Independence Celebration at The REZ on Saturday, June 27.

Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park will open to the public at 4 p.m. Saturday to begin the day’s celebration. Both parks will be filled with activities for all ages, as well as serving as prime viewing sites for the coordinated firework show that ends the event. MISS103 FM will provide a simulcast of music to accompany the fireworks.

Admission is free, but donations to the Barnett Reservoir Foundation will be accepted at the gate to help pay for the fireworks. Many food and beverage vendors, including beer gardens, will be available at both parks. No outside coolers will be allowed.

Colonel McCollum Awarded Legion of Merit

Colonel John M. McCollum is presented with the Legion of Merit award at the June 2, 2015 City of Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. Colonel McCollum who serves as the City of Ridgeland Public Works Director was recognized with the award upon retirement from a 31-year career with the United States Army. At the culmination of his military career, McCollum was holding the position of Executive Officer of the 4010 United States Army Hospital with the Army Reserve Medical Command. His outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably to the Army. He is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary service in the finest tradition of the United States Army.

Colonel John M. McCollum is presented with the Legion of Merit award at the June 2, 2015 City of Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. Colonel McCollum who serves as the City of Ridgeland Public Works Director was recognized with the award upon retirement from a 31-year career with the United States Army. At the culmination of his military career, McCollum was holding the position of Executive Officer of the 4010 United States Army Hospital with the Army Reserve Medical Command. His outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably to the Army. He is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary service in the finest tradition of the United States Army.

Mike McCollum, Director of Public Works for the City of Ridgeland, was honored at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting with a presentation of the Legion of Merit medal. Known as Colonel John M. McCollum to the United States Army, McCollum accepted this medal upon retirement after a 31-year career. The Legion of Merit medal, instituted in 1942, is earned for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States. The City of Ridgeland chose to officially recognize his service to our country in the ceremonial presentation on June 2.

Colonel McCollum culminated his years of service with the Army Reserve Medical Command as the Executive Officer of the 4010 United States Army Hospital. His distinguished career began June 1981 and included holding positions of increasing responsibility at various locations throughout the world until May 2013.

As stated on The Legion of Merit presented to McCollum, “His outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably to the Army. Upon retirement, Colonel McCollum is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary service in finest tradition of the United States Army.”

Mayor Gene McGee said, “The City of Ridgeland is privileged to have such an outstanding military officer as Colonel McCollum on our staff. He performs an exemplary job as a Department Head for the City of Ridgeland, and many of his capabilities can be attributed to his military training. He exhibits model leadership and is well respected and appreciated by city officials.”

Besides serving as Commander and Executive Officer for the 4010 United States Army Hospital, other significant leadership roles include Commander for the 324 Personnel Replacement Battalion and Theater Personnel Directorate Operations Chief.

Colonel McCollum planned for the deployment of personnel units in the Theater of Operations in preparation for the invasion of Iraq in 2002. He planned the location of mail facilities and personnel replacement centers. As a result of his preparation efforts, over 250,000 military and civilian personnel were accounted for, received mail services and were tracked for personnel replacement as required.

Colonel McCollum was a key individual who successfully led a Task Force of 317 personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, DA civilian and Arkansas National Guard from all over the United States to conduct the unprecedented Innovative  Readiness Training Mission in 2011. As a result of his leadership, over 5595 residents and 257 animals received desperately needed medical care.

As the Battalion Commander of the 324 Personnel Replacement Battalion, Colonel McCollum led the 324 to conduct multiple training exercises culminating in the Personnel Accountability and Strength Reporting mission for Operation Bright Star in Egypt. He established the in-country processing stations for all United States personnel entering and leaving the country and fostered a cordial relationship with the Egyptian Commanding General and his staff that facilitated communications between the two forces. As a result of his efforts, over 30,000 United States military and civilian personnel were accounted for and processed in and out of the country without incident.

The City of Ridgeland extends congratulations to McCollum on his outstanding military career and retirement from the U.S. Army.

 

Police Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer Gerald West was selected for Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer West was recognized at the June 2 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer Gerald West was selected as Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer West was recognized at the June 2 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Police Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer Jason Haven was selected as Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer Haven was recognized at the May 19, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer Jason Haven was selected as Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer Haven was recognized at the May 19, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Police Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer James Myers was publicly recognized at the May 5, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. Officer Myers was honored for being selected Officer of the Month for March, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer James Myers was publicly recognized at the May 5, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. Officer Myers was honored for being selected Officer of the Month for March, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Police Officer of the Month

April 21 2015 Jimmy Finnegan 2

Ridgeland Police Officer Jimmy Finnegan was publicly recognized at the April 21, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Finnegan was honored as Officer of the Month for February, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.