Council President Reacts to Helfrich Ruling

Hattiesburg City Council President Carter Carroll is reacting to a ruling Friday, which says Mayor Johnny DuPree must submit his department heads for council approval.

Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich ruled that state law requires a mayor to re-nominate or re-submit his department heads for council approval each four year term.

The ruling is the outcome of a lawsuit filed by Carroll, another council member and a former councilman.

Carroll says he's pleased with the ruling and spoke to the mayor about it Friday.

"I did talk to the Mayor yesterday and told him that because of our new councilman Dave Ware, that if he brought the directors up this next week, that we would table that, and we would have a full interview with all the directors, for the benefit of Mr. Ware," Carroll Said.

Mayor DuPree has not commented on the ruling publically, but city spokesman John Brown tells us the Mayor will issue an official statement after he consults with city attorney Charles Lawrence, who is currently recovering from a medical procedure.