Al Rankins says that unless you’re involved in the day-to-day operations of the Delta Council, you might never know all the roles the organization plays in improving the lives of residents of the region.
Rankins says it wasn’t until he became chairman of the Council’s Development Department and of its Flood Control Committee that he began to see its full impact. Rankins’ comments came during his first address as its president at Delta Council’s 80th annual meeting.
“If it happened in the Delta, business groups, state agencies, federal agencies and our state-elected officials reached out to Delta Council simply because we responded with a quiet, yet strong, commitment to help,” he said. “There’s no public celebration of the involvement of Delta Council in producing outcomes that the people of this region need.”
But the agencies, the organizations and individuals involved in those efforts know the Delta Council will respond, said Rankins, who succeeds Walton Gresham, a businessman from Indianola, Miss., as president.
Rankins was a member and president of the Washington County, Miss., board of supervisors from 1990 to 2012. Prior to being elected to the board, he worked 21 years as a police officer for the city of Greenville, retiring in 1990 as deputy chief.
While on the board of supervisors, he served as a member of the Mississippi Water Management Advisory Board and the Allied Enterprise Advisory Board.
He served a tour in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
He and his wife, Mary, have one daughter and three sons.
Serving with Rankins as vice presidents of the Delta Council in 2015-16 are Curtis Berry, Robinsonville, Miss.; John Howart Jr., Cleveland, Miss.; Wade Litton, Greenwood, Miss.; Jamie Murrell, Arcola, Miss.; Randy Randall, Indianola, Miss.; and Mike Wagner, Sumner, Miss. Clay McWilliams of Cleveland will be treasurer.
For more on the 2015 Delta Council annual meeting, visit http://deltafarmpress.com/government/sun-shines-briefly-delta-council-day-catfish-served#slide-0-field_images-125831