nepotism[1]Nepotism- Favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to their merit. Nepotism usually takes the form of employing relatives or appointing them to high office

As Amended

SEC. 25-1-53. Nepotism prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person elected, appointed or selected in any manner whatsoever to any state, county, district or municipal office, or for any board of trustees of any state institution, to appoint or employ, as an officer, clerk, stenographer, deputy or assistant who is to be paid out of the public funds, any person related by blood or marriage within the third degree, computed by the rule of the civil law, to the person or any member of the board of trustees having the authority to make such appointment or contract such employment as employer. This section shall not apply to any employee who shall have been in said department or institution prior to the time his or her kinsman, within the third degree, became the head of said department or institution or member of said board of trustees; and this section shall not apply to any person seeking appointment as an election worker who has served as an election worker in the election immediately preceding the commencement of a term of office as an election commissioner by his kinsman within the third degree. The provision herein contained shall not apply in the instance of the employment of physicians, nurses or medical technicians by governing boards of charity hospitals or other public hospitals.

SOURCES: Codes, 1930, Sec. 2905; 1942, Sec. 4051; Laws 1926, ch. 170; 1975, ch. 333, eff from and after passage (approved March 7, 1975). Laws, 1994, ch. 627, Sec. 1, eff from and after passage (approved April 8, 1994)


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  1. A concerned Parent of Desoto County says:
    January 1, 2013
    Why do taxpaying citizens of Desoto County accept nepotism? Well, I cannot answer that. It is unacceptable on so many levels. Is there no one else qualified to fill the high paying positions in the Desoto County District office? Of course there is. It is just not being done because those at the top do not want to hire outside their network. It assures they do not have to be held accountable. When family and close friends are hired within the district, it controls what they do and how they do things. If you have a problem, no one can challenge them.

    Below is just a few examples of this.
    Example 1.
    Milton Kuykendall
    Superintendent, DeSoto County Schools 662-429-5271

    Ryan Kuykendall
    Director, Accountability & Research 662-449-7178

    Example 2.
    Keith Treadway
    Board Attorney 662-429-5271

    Carolyn Treadway
    Bookkeeper/Sped 662-449-7145
    Elizabeth Treadway
    Legal Department 662-429-5271
    EdgarLee Treadway
    Security Coordinator 662-449-7231

    EXAMPLE 3.
    Ann Jolly is a Board Member
    Chuck Jolley
    Assist. Director, Technology Delivery 662-429-5271
    These are just a few examples. There are many more. A few years ago, the district cut spending. In those spending cuts, assistant teacher positions were cut. These were just hourly paid positions that don’t make enough to get over the poverty threshold. In the meantime, the district continues to hire family members and friends that are in their social and political network that your tax paying dollars are supporting.

    You may ask yourself why does this matter. Well, it should matter to all of us. If you ever experience a situation that may need attending to by this board or some of the district employees that are connected to the top, you will get nowhere. In fact, they will shut the door and no action will be taken.

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