Linda Whittington

Elect

Leflore County Tax Collector

“I  will enhance citizen accessibility to the office

while also increasing efficiency in managing this

important function of our county."

Ms. Whittington has worked in nonprofit arts administration since 1986. From 2001 to 2013 she served as Executive Director for Communities in Schools (CIS) of Greenwood Leflore, Inc., in Greenwood, MS. In that position, she expanded CIS's focus from afterschool tutorial programs to include arts/humanities strategies to impact and engage area youth, and expanded its area of service from youth in Leflore County to youth statewide, focusing on juveniles involved in the court system. With CIS she raised and administered over $500,000 annually in various funding streams and managed up to thirty full-time and part-time employees.

From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Whittington was Field Advisor for the Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Initiative, which involves implementing a statewide school curriculum based on the arts.

Ms. Whittington and CIS received the Mississippi Humanities Council 2004 Annual Award for leadership in developing cultural plans for towns in the Delta. In 2005, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education recognized Whittington's leadership in arts and education programming and honored CIS as the Distinguished Arts Agency. In 2008 the MS Humanities Council again recognized Whittington for CIS’ literacy program targeting 1st – 4th graders.

In 2006 Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour appointed her to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice where she continues to serve. In 2012 she was selected to serve a four year term on the Federal Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice.

Ms. Whittington was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2006 where she continues to serve. Currently her House committee assignments are vice chair Tourism, secretary of Corrections and a member of Public Health and Human Services, Family and Youth (juvenile justice), and Agriculture.

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