With the recent passing of District 16 Senator Bennie Turner and an early week announcement that District 36 State Representative David Gibbs wished to resign, many West Point and Clay County leaders had fears that the people they serve would not have adequate representation this year in the state capitol.
But things with Rep. Gibbs were up and down last week, as members of the Mississippi House of Representatives tried to figure out if Gibbs, really wanted to resign or remain a member of the House. House Information Officer Meg Annison said that puzzle was solved late Thursday, and Rep. Gibbs will continue serving as representative for Clay, Lowndes and Monroe counties throughout this term.
“He’s back on,” Annison said. “He submitted the letter on Tuesday and later that day withdrew his tendered resignation. There’s a little discrepancy as far as the letters go, having received both on the same day. We had to do research with the attorneys for the House to make sure we were doing everything correctly.”
Annison said as of Friday morning she had not received an update on exactly when Gibbs will return to the capitol to begin participation in the three-month long legislative session, which is already underway.
The resignation letter that House officials received expressed that Gibbs wanted to resign due to health complications, and Gibbs reportedly remains hospitalized with an unknown health condition.
District 37 Representative Gary Chism, who now represents about half of Clay County, said he has not spoken recently with Gibbs, whom Chism said is taking some treatments. These treatments may postpone Gibbs’ presence at the legislature for a while, but it’s uncertain just how long that will be.
Chism said the people of Clay County can rest assure they will be well-represented this year in the legislature not only by him but by whomever is elected to fill the vacant seat of the late Sen. Turner.
“I will do anything and everything I can to adequately represent Clay County until (Gibbs’) health situation improves and until he returns,” Chism said.
Chism said those who may have questions for him can reach him on his cell at 662-386-6619.