City of Hattiesburg accountant jailed again

City of Hattiesburg accountant jailed again
James Eugene Polk

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A City of Hattiesburg accountant with a criminal history found himself behind bars again this week.

James Eugene Polk, 49, was arrested by Forrest County Deputies Nov. 6 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing of methamphetamine, and disorderly conduct-disturbance of family after authorities responded to his Forrest County home.

Forrest County Deputies responded multiple times to the Forrest County home located on Murphy Road for calls of domestic situations.

When deputies arrived they contacted officials from the 12th Judicial District's Narcotics Enforcement Team, also known as 12th-NET. According to 12th-NET officials, those officers discovered an active meth lab outside of the residence. Officials also stated the lab they discovered was a smaller shake and bake type lab, and when Polk was detained he was in possession of a small package of methamphetamine.

Polk was also arrested by Forrest County Sheriff's Deputies in April 2014 for disorderly conduct-disturbing of family, in an incident that involved Lia Aultman Polk, 55. Lia was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct-disturbance of family in the incident.

And another arrest linked to Polk in June 2014 stems from a simple-domestic violence charge that involved Lia, who was arrested and charged with domestic violence as well.

During the Nov. 6 latest incident, Lia was also charged with disorderly conduct-disturbance of family.

James is listed on the City of Hattiesburg's website as an accountant in the city's engineering department. Polk was hired in July 2014 by Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree after he was no longer employed as a Senior Accountant at Nicholson & Associates, PLLC in Hattiesburg, where he had been employed for over seven years.

When contacted about the arrest of the city employee, City of Hattiesburg Public Relations official Chinika Hughes stated the mayor will comment after the completion of the investigation.