William Ruffin, Board Attorney


William Ruffin
P O Box 565
Bay Springs, MS 39422

(601)764-4555 (p)
(601)764-3468 (f)

The Board Attorney is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The following outlines the board attorney’s duties and responsibilities.

With the complexity of today’s county government, the board attorney is a critical appointment for the board of supervisors. It is essential that the board attorney provide sound legal advice to the board of supervisors in all matters concerning the county and county operations. It is also critical for the board of supervisors to follow the advice given by the board attorney. Since a wide variety of legal issues surround the normal activity of county government, the board attorney gives advice to assist in keeping the board of supervisors within the confines of the law when the board makes decisions.

The board attorney’s duties consist of a wide range of activities including:

  • Attending meetings of the board of supervisors
  • Drafting minutes
  • Represent the board of supervisors in:
    • All civil cases of county interest
    • Eminent domain proceedings
    • The examination and certification of title to property the county may be acquiring
    • Any criminal suit against a county officer for malfeasance, where the county may be financially liable.
  • Answering legal inquiries from board members, other county officials, and citizens
  • Researching land records
  • Drafting board order
  • Obtaining Attorney General’s opinions
  • Acquisition of road and bridge right of ways
  • Voting rights submissions
  • Reviewing and drafting of contracts
  • Drafting local and private legislation
  • Bond work
  • An array of litigation



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