Herring, overseeing Bryant transition, reflects on GOP gains

Jim Herring was having a good time watching from the sidelines as his beloved Republican Party made huge gains across the state following the Nov. 8 general election. Then he got the call.

Gov.-elect Phil Bryant wanted him to head his transition team.

Herring laughed, saying it was like someone had “thrown me back in the briar patch.”

Herring, a Canton attorney, former state Appeals Court judge and former Mississippi Republican Party chairman will oversee the team tasked with making sure the new administration has a smooth transition into office.

That involves everything from office coordination to dozens of appointments and even planning the traditional inauguration and parade early next month.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” Herring said. “I sort of view myself as the person overseeing all this and cheering them on.

“And if anything goes wrong it’s my fault,” he said.

Madison County Journal
11/30/11