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Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Mike Lazarus, front, and all of the elected officials and county employees behind the board room table wear pink shirts as they say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Adams County supervisors wear pink proudly

Published 12:18am Sunday, October 14, 2012

NATCHEZ — When the Adams County Board of Supervisors meets Monday, they — and the department heads who work for the county — will all be proudly pink.

That’s because the supervisors, like many businesses and government bodies, have opted to wear pink during October as a sign of support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

But when November rolls around, even though they won’t be in pink, the supervisors will still be dressing strikingly similar.

That’s because when the new board took office in January, they decided to adopt a new image and a new motto — “we are one” — and they wanted something to symbolize that, Supervisor Calvin Butler said.

So the board adopted a sort of unofficial uniform policy, with the five members coordinating through text messages which shirt bearing an Adams County logo they will wear, choosing between the blue, white, green or pink button-downs or a white polo shirt.

“I like it, because it looks a whole lot more professional, and it is a sign we are united, that we work for everybody,” Butler said.

Supervisor Mike Lazarus, who owns Lazarus Arts, provides the shirts, with each supervisor paying for their own. Lazarus donated the pink shirts for October.

“This doesn’t cost the taxpayer any money,” Lazarus said.

Board President Darryl Grennell said he has gotten numerous compliments from the public about the supervisors’ coordinated wardrobes.

“Some of the supervisors were hesitant at first, but when they started thinking about it, they said, ‘Let’s give it a try,’” Grennell said.

“I think it all falls into place with the idea that we are one community here. Of course we are not going to agree collectively on every issue, we all had different philosophies and ways of doing things, but we don’t have to fall out about it. At the end of the day, we are all still one community working together, and I think the clothes go along with that.”

Which brings the conversation back to the pink shirts. Everyone is affected by cancer in some way, Grennell said.

“I had a grandmother who died from breast cancer, and I think if you talk to each board member, they probably have had some relative or somebody who is connected to their family or a friend who has been affected by it,” he said. “It touches all of our lives on the board and in the community.”