Diamondhead council may replace Alan Moran as mayor pro-tem after arrest

BY MARGARET BAKER/SUN HERALD

The Diamondhead City Council is set to vote for a second time for a mayor pro-tem, a position currently held by Ward 2 Councilman Alan Moran. Ward 3 Councilman Ricky Sheppard authored the resolution, calling for the vote at Wednesday night’s meeting. Moran has been serving as mayor pro-tem since July 6, when Mayor Nancy Depreo and the council unanimously voted in favor of his appointment to the position. Moran is in his second term as Ward 2 councilman.

A mayor pro-tem takes over the mayor’s duties in the event of the mayor’s absence or disability. The scheduled vote Wednesday comes in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 arrest of Moran, 34, on misdemeanor charges of simple assault and contributing to a minor.

Moran is accused of buying a 17-year-old beer and inappropriately touching the boy’s genitals while the two were in a Phillip’s Pest Control truck. The pest control company is owned by Moran’s father, Republican State Sen. Philip Moran. The teen’s father and others detained Alan Moran at a Kiln convenience store until Hancock County sheriff’s deputies got to the scene to make the arrest. Alan Moran threw out one of his cellphones at the store, but sheriff’s deputies later recovered it. Diamondhead Mayor Nancy Depreo and the council have not commented on the arrest despite calls from residents to do so. Attorney Donald Rafferty is representing Alan Moran in his criminal case.

“There are two sides to every story,” Rafferty said Wednesday. “We look forward to our day in court. Right now, the justice system is working. As long as the criminal matter is pending, we are limited in what we can say.” Moran is currently free on a total bond of $5,000. City Manager Michael Reso said the city had not received any indication from Moran of any plans to resign from his position as of midday Wednesday.

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