Scott Phillips to Take Over as Olive Branch's New Mayor

Scott Phillips to Take Over as Olive Branch's New Mayor

Long-serving mayor Sam Rikard did not run for re-election this year. Scott Phillips was voted into office during Tuesday's Republican run-off.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS (abc24.com) - Long-serving Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard did not run for re-election this year. Scott Phillips was voted into office during Tuesday's Republican run-off.

That means for the first time in 16 years, there will be a new mayor in Olive Branch's city hall.

"They've established a small office in city hall to help with the transition," says Phillips.

Mississippi's general election isn't until June, but Phillips won the office because no Democrats or Independents ran.

"I'm so excited to be able to take this next step." Phillips is a firefighter, born and raised in Olive Branch.

"I was one of the first of 9 full time firefighters in Olive Branch. That's where my career has been with the city now for 24 years."

His dad was an alderman when Phillips was a child. That's what first got him thinking about being a politician.

"It's something I've paid attention to from childhood until now. The last 11 years I've been assistant chief with the fire department. I feel like that has prepared me to take the next step by being directly involved in planning and personnel."

He's got specific goals for his first term as mayor.

"One of my primary focuses is to plan and control our growth. The biggest thing is to hold onto Olive Branch for what it is. It's the small town feel. And obviously we want the big city amenities to go along with that."

Phillips takes office in July.
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