Desoto County News

Barton announces advisory committee, transition website

DeSoto County District Attorney-elect Matthew Barton announced on Friday, Sept. 29 his Transition Advisory Committee.

The announcement coincides with the launch of a new transition website – – where residents can share their ideas with the District Attorney-elect, and individuals can apply to potentially join his team.

“Now that the primary election is over, it is time to look toward January,” Barton said. “I’ve said throughout the campaign that I’m looking for talented individuals who can help keep DeSoto County safe, and I’m honored that these committee members are willing to dedicate themselves to this cause.”

The advisory committee will help advise District Attorney-elect on policy decisions, ensuring that a wide range of opinions and ideas are represented and included in his incoming administration.

The Advisory Committee includes:

Martin Zummach, Committee Chair and Legal Counsel

Mike Hurst, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Thomas Tuggle, DeSoto County Sheriff-elect, Marine, and former Lt. Colonel of the Mississippi Highway Patrol

Chief Scott Ellis, Hernando Police Chief

Senator Kevin Blackwell, Mississippi State Senator

Michele Henley, DeSoto County School Board Member and small business owner

Senator Michael McLendon, Mississippi State Senator

Rodney Hall, Mississippi State Representative-elect and prosecutor

Robert Foster, County Supervisor-elect, former State Representative, and small business owner

Kit Kitchens, Realtor and small business owner

Jordan Brumbelow, Former Legislative Director for Delbert Hosemann and campaign veteran

In addition to the Advisory Committee announcement, Barton said he is looking for all types of positions for the new administration, and asked those interested to join his team to apply at the new transition website.

“If you are dedicated to serving the people of DeSoto County, and would like to apply, please send us your resume,” Barton said. “ We need driven people, with various levels of experience, from interns to attorneys.”

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