The former Diamondhead City Manager, Richard Rose, filed a notice of claim against the City of Diamondhead on June 10. The claim challenges his recent removal as City Manager and makes some colorful allegations against city leaders.
Rose was removed from office last Tuesday, June 3 by city leaders that claimed he was not effective in his job. In documents shown to the court on June 10, Rose accused city councilmen of libel and slander. He also accused Mayor Tommy Schafer of having a secret political agenda that ultimately led to Rose’s dismissal.
Rose’s attorney, Jim Halliday, says his client is in possession of audio recordings and other evidence that support his claims.
Halliday claims the evidence proves the mayor abused his power, “We have proof positive that the Mayor stated to Richard Rose to quit communicating with other members of the council, to quit attending the various meetings that the city manager is required to attend outside of city hall, and to report only to the Mayor and to follow the Mayor’s directions and orders.”
Halliday explains these actions are unlawful and that Rose was right to refuse Mayor Schafer's requests.
Diamondhead’s City Attorney, Sean Tindell, tells News 25 he believes the city has acted in full compliance of the law and will defend the city’s actions as he moves forward.
Of the four parties named as involved in misconduct, Mayor Schafer and Councilman Ron Rech refused to comment due to pending litigation.
Councilman Blaine LaFontaine was not yet able to review the notice and Councilman Ernie Knoblock could not be immediately contacted.