After months of discussion, a new deputy court clerk has been hired by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to focus on, among other things, issuing warrants and collecting outstanding fines.

Marilyn Jackson was unanimously hired fulltime after aldermen spent over an hour in executive session with court clerk Denise Refre.

Jackson will earn $10.50 an hour.

Mayor James Young said Jackson had the personality and skills to be an asset in the clerk's office.

Jackson, a former part-time worker, will fill a vacant full-time position.

"You cannot run that office with just one person," Young said.

The court clerk's office collects fines, issues warrant and enters tickets and arrests into the computer software system.

"We do all the paperwork for the police department," Refre said.

While no exact amount could be given for outstanding fines, Refre said it was "a lot."

In other action, aldermen:

• Paid claims.

• Approved for the Police Chief to attend a New Police Chief's Conference in Jackson.

• Accepted a donation for painting and other work at the police station.

• Approved to advertise twice for bids on sanitation services for the city garbage pick-up.

• No action was taken to approve an advertisement in Neshoba Magazine.

• Refunded $264.96 to Pierce Clark due to cancelation of insurance.

• Approved a parade to be held Jan. 20 by the Community in Action along Martin Luther King Drive and Carver Avenue.

• Declared Philadelphia a Purple Heart City.

• The mayor signed a memorandum of understand for paving Pecan Avenue from Stribling Street to the city limits and a portion Herman Alford Boulevard.

• Refunded $824 to Sriram Sagi, who appealed his DUI and was found not guilty in Circuit Court.