- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Former Diamondhead City Manager Richard Rose has turned himself in on a perjury charge filed by the state Attorney General’s Office.

The city fired him in June and he filed a civil complaint with the state Department of Employment Security.

A Harrison County grand jury indicted him in March, alleging he met with a review board in Gulfport in August and lied when he denied he’d demanded a year’s salary in exchange for not releasing what he described as incriminating information about the Diamondhead mayor.

The demand reportedly was recorded in conversations with the city attorney.

His attorney maintains the charge is “a political vendetta,” with the city using a criminal charge to resolve a civil complaint.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1P4x2IV ) Rose surrendered Wednesday.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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