Richard Rose has officially been removed from his position as Diamondhead City Manager as of Tuesday night.
The Diamondhead City Council held a public hearing for Rose Tuesday, but Rose did not attend. Rose and his attorney say the public hearing was not an actual hearing. They are requesting a hearing separate of the council meeting where Rose can call witnesses, give testimony, and provide evidence. However, the Diamondhead Council and City Attorney, Sean Tindell, say the format provided was fair and just. They proceeded with the hearing, allowing residents to give testimony and councilmembers to express grievances.
Blaine LaFontaine, Councilman Ward 2, says, "I'm on the solid waste authority. I attend a lot of meetings within the county. I attend anything that I possibly can. For some reason, there was a lot resistance to work with Richard Rose. I don't know those reasons and I can't elaborate on that. I just think it’s detrimental to the city to what we're trying to accomplish and achieve, if we have a city manager that no one wants to work with."
Other councilmen told similar stories of Rose not answering phones, closing City Hall without authorization, and many others. The hearing ended with Rose being dismissed from his position by a unanimous vote of the council. Rose's declaratory judgment is still sitting in the Hancock County Circuit Court. If a judge addresses the statement and deems the public hearing that was held Tuesday insufficient, there could be another hearing for Rose. However, if the judge drops the request, Rose will have lost his only opportunity to defend himself in a trial.