- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has been ordered by a judge to present the remaining nominations for city department heads in 21 days to the city council.

If DuPree does not comply, Judge L. Breland Hilburn said the mayor must return to court on Feb. 23 to answer to contempt of court charges.

“The judge has not told me to do anything that I’m not doing or that I’m opposed to doing,” DuPree told the Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/1HScqm4).

The remaining positions to be filled are police chief, city attorney, city clerk, judge pro tem, and public defender.

Hilburn issued the order Monday. Members of the city council had asked the judge to set a deadline for DuPree to bring forward those candidates.

DuPree has argued that since his re-election to a fourth term, he has submitted candidates for every one of the 17 positions that require approval by city council.

“This order from Judge Hilburn puts everything in a little different light,” said attorney Robert Gholson, who represents City Councilmen Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley.

“I think it’s pretty clear that the court is not going to put up with any gamesmanship going forward, so maybe that’s the thing that gets the ball rolling to get this thing resolved, which is certainly what my clients want,” Gholson said.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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