New City of Diamondhead could open in early February

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Published: January 24,2012

Tags: city, courts, incorporation, lawsuit, municipality

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead already has its governmental officials in place, with Chuck Ingraham as its first mayor.

Now it’s just a matter of getting all the red tape taken care of.

Ingraham tells the Sea Coast Echo the new City of Diamondhead could be open for business as early as Feb. 6.

“Now we control our own destiny,” Ingraham said. “We’re looking forward to working together and getting this off the ground. We waited a long time.”

The petition for Diamondhead to incorporate began with a filing in the Hancock County Chancery Court in 2008. The petition was granted in 2010.

Last October, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the decision to grant Diamondhead incorporation. The court this past week turned down opponents’ request to look at the case again.

Incorporators’ attorney Jerry Mills said he expects the Supreme Court to issue a mandate for incorporation this week. Then Diamondhead can petition the secretary of state for a city charter 10 days later.

When the secretary of state issues a city charter, the government officers listed in the incorporation petition will be sworn in.

“They have an awesome job ahead of them,” Mills said. “There is a lot to do in setting up a new city. They will be busy.”

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