Hattiesburg mayor wants contempt finding dropped

Hattiesburg mayor wants contempt finding dropped

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree's lawyer filed a motion Tuesday asking that the mayor's contempt of court finding be dropped.

The motion, filed in Forrest County Circuit Court, said the city council prevented the mayor's nominations from getting approved. DuPree is in contempt for not nominating qualified city department directors in a timely manner.

DuPree's attorney also asked that the three remaining council members be brought into the suit. Right now only Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) and Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll are plaintiffs for the case filed in November 2014.

DuPree is scheduled to appear back in court for this matter on July 10. The judge order him to have a police chief nominee approved by that date.

DuPree nominated a police chief from Crystal Springs last week, but the council tabled the matter to their first meeting in July, which is three days before DuPree is set to return to court. If DuPree's contempt order stands after the July 10 hearing, he will pay the court $150 each day until a chief nominee is approved by the council, according to the case's special appointed Judge Breland Hilburn.

To read a copy of the latest motion, click here.