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Hattiesburg mayor files for stay on appointees' order

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked the 12th Circuit Court to stay a ruling that required him to submit any remaining administrative candidates for approval, pending his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

In response, The Hattiesburg American reports City Councilmen Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley have asked that a stay not be granted, and argued that the appeal to the Supreme Court is not appropriate because a final judgment has not been rendered.

The councilmen filed the complaint in November, asking that a writ of mandamus be issued to compel DuPree to bring forward nominees for department directors to the City Council for approval.

At that time, DuPree had submitted just six of 17 candidates for positions requiring council approval, with five approved by majority council vote.


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