City department heads have no plans to leave roost

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 3, 2000

Following news that Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff recently considered taking a job in Texas, several city department heads said they are happy in their positions and have no plans to leave the community they call home.

Yvonne Robbins said she is &uot;happy as a pig in the sunshine&uot; in her position as Veterans Affairs director. &uot;I spent 30 years traveling as an Army wife,&uot; she said. &uot;I’m just glad to be in one place.&uot;

City Planner David Preziosi said he has no thoughts of leaving Natchez, and his commitment to the community is growing stronger with his family’s current renovations of a downtown building.

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Natchez Fire Chief Gary Winborne said he has not considered other employment.

&uot;Hopefully, I don’t have a reason to,&uot; he said. &uot;I’m happy here; I just hope they are.&uot;

Family roots also run deep through the city’s departments.

Sabrena Bartley, Natchez Senior Citizen Multi Purpose Center director, said she &uot;loves&uot; her job and her city. &uot;My home is Natchez, Mississippi, and I don’t intend to go anywhere else,&uot; she said.

Paul Dawes, Building Inspection director, also referred to home ties as key to his job satisfaction. &uot;This is my home,&uot; Dawes said. &uot;When you’re born and raised here it becomes home.&uot;

Tourism Director Walter Tipton also hangs his heart in Natchez. &uot;I left a pretty lucrative position to come back here,&uot; he said.

&uot;I’m extremely happy,&uot; Tipton said. &uot;I just don’t think you could be in a better place for tourism than in Natchez.&uot;

While all of the department heads polled said they were content in their city positions, many also said they understood why Huff considered other employment amid recent rumors that he would be terminated.

&uot;That’s the intelligent thing to do,&uot; Tipton said. &uot;He’s a very marketable fellow,&uot; adding that he thinks many citizens do not realize how valuable Huff is to the city.