Coast harbormaster fired, investigation underway

by Associated Press

Published: September 9,2010

Tags: investigation, maritime, ports

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs harbormaster Lesley Hamm has been fired amid a state auditor’s investigation into how public funds were spent.

The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County Board of Supervisors president Mike Mangum confirmed that Hamm was fired Tuesday.

Lisa Shoemaker, spokeswoman for the state auditor’s office, told the newspaper that an investigation into misappropriated funds at the Ocean Springs Harbor has begun and involves Hamm.

Shoemaker would not release any further details. She says results of the investigation would be turned over to the district attorney.

Hamm was hired in Dec. 2005.

The harbor is operated by the county. It has a full-time harbormaster to manage the daily operations.

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