Hattiesburg mayor wants reconsideration on contempt finding

Hattiesburg mayor wants reconsideration on contempt finding

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two weeks after a special appointed judge found Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree in civil contempt of court, the mayor filed a motion to reconsider that finding.

City attorney Charles Lawrence, who represents DuPree, filed the motion Thursday in Forrest County Circuit Court, which seeks a new trial in the alternative. DuPree was found in civil contempt on May 7 for not presenting qualified nominees for city department heads in a timely manner.

The motion states that "no evidentiary hearing was conducted" and no witnesses testified nor evidence introduced to find DuPree in contempt.

Lawrence's motion states the finding violated DuPree's right to due process and equal protection.

DuPree was scheduled to appear in circuit court this past Thursday, but that date was rescheduled for June 4.

Hattiesburg City Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) and Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll filed a complaint against DuPree last year for not nominating individuals for city department heads in a timely manner. DuPree has presented nominees for each of the 17 positions, but the council has yet to approve a nominee for chief of police.

To view the Motion Notice, click here.