Hattiesburg City Attorney, Chief of Police announce retirement

Hattiesburg City Attorney, Chief of Police announce retirement

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Two Hattiesburg officials have announced their retirement from the City.

Mayor Johnny DuPree announced the retirement of City Attorney Charles Lawrence and Hattiesburg Police Chief Frazier Bolton at the city council meeting Tuesday night.

Lawrence said he was retiring to focus more time on his ailing wife and also because he did not want to be the "focus of division" in the city. His retirement is effective no later than June 30, pending a replacement approved by the council.

Bolton declined comment, but DuPree said it was for personal reasons and so he could return home to family in Atlanta, Georgia beginning in August.

The council also voted 1-3-1 against Verlina Underwood as city clerk. Delgado voted for, Carroll, Bradley, Dryden against, and Naylor abstained.

Underwood was the only nominee up for department head approval for this meeting. An original court-ordered deadline of Monday, February 23 to present the mayor's nominees has been appealed by Lawrence.