Danny Beavers, a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol employee, will become mayor, following John Little. With one candidate qualified for mayor and five for the Board of Aldermen, the town is not required to have an election in June. The same is also true for the town of Kossuth.
Beavers spent more than 20 years with MHP, finishing as a criminal investigator. He is currently working with prison and food ministries and finishing up biblical studies, with plans to graduate in June.
“I have worked with the public off and on all my life,” said Beavers. “Glen has wound up being our hometown, and I really enjoy giving back to the community. We’ve been blessed to be around people that have been very generous to us, and the people of Glen are just really special people.”
He and his wife bought property in Glen about 10 years ago and built a home in the town a few years later.
This will be Beavers’ first experience as an elected official.
“I realize we don’t have a great amount of funds, but I think a lot of things can be done to bring out the beauty that exists inside of Glen and be able to make it one of the favorite small towns in Mississippi,” he said.
Glen collects no property tax, leaving the town’s share of sales tax as the main revenue source. With a new Dollar General open, the town hopes that revenue will be on the rise.
One of the things Beavers would like to see the town work on is improvements at the Glen crossing on Highway 72 such as lighting to make it safer.
“My thing is public safety,” he said. “That’s what I’ve lived and breathed for years. There’s more than just police work to public safety. We can do some things to improve the community.”
Other ideas are adding fire hydrants, starting a cleanup campaign on the highway, developing the town’s Civil War history, and finding a use for the closed Glendale school building.
“The school issue, I think that’s going to be a pretty hot topic,” said Beavers. “There’s a chance there to be able to do something for not only our community but surrounding communities.”
The current mayor, John Little, took office when his father, Bobby, died early in his third term. Little said the timing is right to move on. He feels he carried out some of his father’s main goals, including paying off the debt on the municipal building, which will happen within a year, and securing a Dollar General store for the town.
Little’s business is requiring more of his time these days, and he also wants to to devote more time to his children.
“I enjoyed being the mayor, but I am ready to give it to somebody else,” he said. “I believe Danny will do a good job. He’s energetic and his heart is in it.”
Little praised the aldermen for their efforts.
“In 12 years, we’ve never had a ‘no’ vote,” he said. “They are all good people and have the town’s best interest at heart.”
Members of the Glen Board of Aldermen will be David J. Derrick, David Scott Derrick, Frances J. Null, Ruth V. Sellers and Shirley Tutor. Retiring from the board is John Sellers, who has been an alderman since the town’s incorporation in 1993. David Scott Derrick is the newcomer to the board.
In Kossuth, Mayor Donald R. Pace will advance to a fifth term. On the Board of Aldermen, incumbents Steve Jones, Jerry Strickland, Dusty Essary and James Allen will be joined by Paul Rollison, a former aldermen. Longtime Alderman Ken Rainey did not seek another term.
The new term of office begins July 3.