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March 17, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointments of Janie Shelton, of Raymond, and Russell J. “Rusty” Hanna, of Union, to the Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board. This board collects and distributes a commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) emergency telephone service charge on each CMRS customer whose place of primary use is within Mississippi.


“These appointees are well-qualified,” Governor Barbour said. “Each has years of experience in the radio services field—from telecommunications to wireless networking services. With their qualifications, I am confident that these individuals will be successful on the CMRS board and will serve the citizens of Mississippi well.”


Shelton is director of network services with Cellular South, where she has worked since retiring from BellSouth in 1997. While at BellSouth, Shelton was an electronic technician, service representative, dial service clerk, and assistant chief operator. She also completed numerous technical, software, and maintenance courses with BellSouth. Currently at Cellular South, Shelton is responsible for five switches located throughout the South, including in Memphis, Tenn., Jackson, Miss., and Mobile, Ala. Before serving as director of network services, Shelton worked as a switch engineer, network operations control center manager, and director of network operations. She has nearly 42 years of telecommunications experience and has been a member of the CMRS board for six years.


Hanna has worked for the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control since 1994. His current position is Agent-In-Charge, District III, which is comprised of 21 counties with post of duties in Meridian, Columbus, and Louisville. He is president of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Association and serves as second vice president of the Mississippi Chapter of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy Associates. Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and attended the FBI National Academy’s 195th session in 1998.