Tuesday night, Diamondhead has a new City Manager. It has been almost four months since the Diamondhead City Council fired its last city manager. Tuesday night, the city council voted unanimously to hire a new full time City Manager.
His name is Clovis Reed and he starts his new job September 1st. Reed sat in the front row of Diamondhead’s City Council meeting Tuesday night. The new city administrator is confident he can handle the task ahead of him. Reed says, “The biggest challenge is this is a new city. As a public administrator, you don't get many of those opportunities to walk into a new city and to help stabilize revenue and make sure things are functioning properly.”
Reed holds a Master’s Degree in public administration and he has over 25 years of experience in public service. His last position was County Administrator of Rankin County, from which he retired. Reed tells News 25 he read in a newspaper about Diamondhead’s need for a new city manager and jumped at the chance to move his family to the Coast. Reed also says, “I've looked at the Coast for a long time. I've wanted to live down here and this looked like a great opportunity to move my family down here and be a part of this community.”
In April, the Diamondhead city government fired former City Manager, Richard Rose, for poor job performance. Many citizens tell News 25's they're relieved the city is moving forward. A Diamondhead resident says, “I’m glad we have a City Manager, a permanent City Manager. I certainly hope he’s an improvement over our former manager.”
Another Diamondhead resident says, “He has tremendous qualifications and I think we’re very lucky to get someone like he, so we’re looking forward to some good work from our new City Manager.”
The city council voted unanimously to hire Reed. Mayor Tommy Schafer tells News 25 he's confident the city made a good hire. Schafer says, “He’s gonna’ be a key component of this team and I really think we’re going to move forward seamlessly. We have a bright future ahead of us here in Diamondhead.”
There is still pending litigation involving former city manager, Richard Rose's, dismissal from his job, but Diamondhead officials had no comment on this issue.