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Alcorn County has an estimated population of 35,306. Geographically, we are located in Northeast Mississippi and benefit from the close proximity to both Tennessee and Alabama. Timber is our highest value agricultural commodity. Other important agricultural products are beef cattle, cotton, soybeans, and corn. Industry is very important to the county economy, with the industrial sector employing about 25 percent of the workforce. The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors supports a wide variety of economic and community development activities. They individually or jointly own Magnolia Regional Health Center, the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport, the Coliseum, the Crossroads Arena, the Corinth branch of the Northeast Mississippi Incubator, the Downtown Depot, and Crossroads Regional Park. The Alcorn County Courthouse and Alcorn County Chancery Building are two outstanding county facilities gracing our historic downtown.

Five supervisors are elected from single member districts for concurrent four-year terms. They meet at least once per month in the Chancery Building. Other key county elected officials include the Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Sheriff, Constables, and Justice Court Judges, and County Attorney.

The Sheriff, who is elected to a four-year term, is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Alcorn County. Eleven full-time and two part-time officers, which include Chief Deputy, Jail Administrator, Criminal Investigative Officers, K-9 Officer, Juvenile Detention Officer, and Narcotics Agents, assist the Sheriff in patrolling Alcorn County.

Fire protection is provided by nine Volunteer Fire Departments that are strategically located throughout Alcorn County. Four rural water associations serve the population of the county.

Corinth, which has a population of 14,256, is the county seat for Alcorn County, Mississippi.

A Mayor and Board of Aldermen are elected to govern Corinth. The seven-member board makes up the legislative branch of city government. The Mayor’s primary responsibility is overseeing the day-to-day operations of city government aided by the City Clerk. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen serve four-year terms with no term limits.

Along with the Mayor and City Clerk, the city has an administrative department, which maintains records, collects taxes, prepares payroll and accounts payable, issues privilege licenses and street cut permits, and addresses complaints or requests from citizens.

The Department of Community Development and Planning is responsible for the administrative review of state and federal programs in which the city participates. The department, with the assistance of The Alliance and the city’s engineering firm, aggressively seeks grants and low-interest loans for infrastructure improvements and programs to support the economic growth of our community. Corinth has received numerous grants from the following federal agencies: Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The Building Inspector‘s responsibilities consist of inspecting all new residential and commercial construction, along with any renovations to existing structures. The Inspector reviews plans, conducts electrical and plumbing inspections, confirms that setbacks are met, and inspects workmanship and materials to verify they meet building codes and city ordinances.

The Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for enforcement of City Codes regarding signs, animals, junk vehicles, road-side vendors, and dilapidated properties (such as condemned houses and overgrown lots).

The Corinth Fire Department is a full-time department serving 30.5 square miles and is staffed with 48 well-trained employees working out of four stations. The department has 34 EMT’s, along with 16 First Responders. The fleet of trucks includes a 1986 80 ft. ladder truck and 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2003 pumper trucks. These pumpers are state-of-the-art. We also have a 1996, 1,500 gallon tanker.

The Corinth Fire Academy Training Center is certified through the Mississippi Fire Personnel Minimum Standards and Certifications Board. All new firefighters are trained at this facility.

The Corinth Police Department proudly staffs 36 sworn, dedicated officers, including a Chief, a Deputy Chief, and four full shifts of patrolmen who operate under the command of a Captain, a Lieutenant, and a Sergeant on each shift. In addition, there are five detectives in the Investigative Division who work around the clock.

The City of Corinth handles its wastewater needs with a Class IV, 4.7 million gallons per day wastewater treatment plant. The Class IV rating is the highest under Mississippi guidelines. The city maintains over 500 miles of sewer lines and 71 pumping stations with 10 full-time employees. The City of Corinth is ready to serve the needs of the homebuilders, as well as new retail and manufacturing customers.

The Street Department provides many services to our city including the removal of residential garbage, leaves and limbs, and discarded household items. Commercial businesses may also choose to use the city garbage removal service. The department maintains rights-of-way, installs culverts, repairs potholes, maintains traffic lights, and removes debris from roads and right-of-ways. An animal control officer can also be contacted for assistance with stray or deceased animals. The Street Department is on call during floods, ice storms, or natural disasters.

Each employee of the City of Corinth plays a vital role in our day-to-day operations. The goal of each department is to better serve the people of Corinth.

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