Below you will find a letter to Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree from the Hattiesburg City Council. It is a unanimous letter from all five council persons. It demonstrates the Hattiesburg City Council's grave concerns about the lack of transparency from Mayor Johnny Dupree. Quite frankly the Mayor out and out LIED to the citizens of Hattiesburg when he said, "“If people have concerns about our court, our court is fine”. DuPree went on to say,”I said it last week and I’ll say it again now. There’s no corruption in our court system.” LIE! LIE! LIE!
The City council was given a sanitized version written by Hattiesburg city attorney, Charles Lawrence. Attorney Charles Lawrence also served on an illegal bar ordinance committee in the fall and winter of 2011; and in the spring of 2012. This advisory committee, drafting legislation to be voted on by council, clearly violated the Mississippi Open Meetings Act of 1972. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree and city attorney Charles Lawrence have PROVEN to be as transparent as the city's lagoon water.
Concerned citizens need to call the Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree's office and ask why he felt citizens didn't deserve the facts. Citizens should call 601-545-4500 and ask to speak to the Mayor. You can also call the $50,000 a year assistant to the mayor, John Brown, at his office at 601-545-4503 and/or his cell phone at 601-520-8502 to complain.
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