Bryant’s decision came after The Associated Press questioned whether Bryant was fulfilling requirements of a state law that specifies the board’s 11 members must come from certain parts of the state.
“Although this code section is unclear, Gov. Bryant will withdraw this nomination to avoid any legal uncertainty,” Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock said in a statement Monday night. “It is Gov. Bryant’s intention to recommend Mrs. Herring for a future position on the Board of Health when there is an opening in her district.”
State law says eight Board of Health members must come from congressional districts — two from each of the four districts. Three must come from state Supreme Court districts — one each from northern, central and southern.
There are already enough board members from central Mississippi, where Herring lives. But with her nomination, the board would be one member short from the north.