July 20, 2006
Statement of Governor Haley Barbour on the Resignation of Columbus Mayor Jeffrey Rupp
"Jeffrey Rupp has been an outstanding mayor in one of Mississippi's most beautiful and progressive cities. During his administration a number of companies selected Columbus for high-tech production operations, which illustrates the value of smart job-creation strategies and solid partnerships for economic development. Mayor Rupp's decision to resign is Columbus' loss but Mississippi State University's gain, and I wish him the very best in his new position. "