Vote confusion confirms city clerk nominee

Vote confusion confirms city clerk nominee

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A last minute switch vote of a Hattiesburg City Council member ended with an approval of Mayor Johnny DuPree's nominee for City Clerk.

Current Deputy City Clerk Kermas Eaton was approved Tuesday by a 3-2 vote after Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden said her original vote counted as a nay, was intended to be a vote of approval.

Dryden's claim came about 30 minutes after Eaton was first denied the position in a 2-3 vote.

Dryden originally said she would not vote for him because he did not meet the qualifications required of a city clerk/director of administration, which includes a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration and 10 years of experience. However, when she clarified her vote, she encouraged Eaton to look into gaining the proper degree.

The only dissenting votes were Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) and Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll.

This nominee approval leaves just one mayoral appointment left for DuPree, which is the chief of police position. The council has previously denied DuPree's nominees for that position. DuPree will meet Bradley and Carroll in court Thursday afternoon to continue matters over the mayor's delayed process of presenting his appointment nominees.