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Hattiesburg councilmen ask judge to set deadline for mayor's appointments

A motion filed Thursday asks Judge Breland Hilburn to require Mayor Johnny DuPree to submit his nominees in 30 days. A motion filed Thursday asks Judge Breland Hilburn to require Mayor Johnny DuPree to submit his nominees in 30 days.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The attorney for Hattiesburg City Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) and member Carter Carroll (Ward 3) is asking a special-appointed judge to give Mayor Johnny DuPree 30 days to submit his remaining nominees for city department heads.

Attorney Bob Gholson filed a motion for modification of order Thursday in Forrest County Circuit Court. 

This comes one week after Judge Breland Hilburn's order came down, which did not specify how long DuPree had to present his appointments, only that he must comply with his duties as mayor. 

That same day, Gholson said he would refer to a 2007 Supreme Court order for a more specific timeframe.

The motion filed this week asked the court to require DuPree to submit nominations within 30 days from filing for municipal judge pro tem, city attorney, police chief, public defender and city clerk. 

It also referred to a request from its original filing that Bradley and Carroll be granted "any such other and further relief as to which they may be entitled."

The motion stated that DuPree has taken the position that he has met all of the conditions of the Order, "despite having done nothing whatsoever in the interim."DuPree has submitted nominees for all 17 positions, but the city clerk position did not receive approval, and the other four positions failed due to lack of motion for a vote.

To read the motion, click here.

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