Ocean Springs City Manager Government Meeting
Residents in Ocean Springs continue to collect signatures in hopes of shifting the city’s government.
Dozens gathered at the Mary C. Cultural Center this evening to hear more about why residents are interested in shifting the city from a mayor-council format to a city manager format.
The public forum provided information on the major differences between the two forms of government. Neighboring city officials answered questions the crowd had about each format.
Residents are petitioning so the matter has an opportunity to be placed on a ballot. Ocean Springs resident Joey Conwill said, “I think that’s just important that no matter what you believe in, you should always want the opportunity to vote for what you can. Here in America, we’re allowed to vote for the type of government we want and that’s what this is all about tonight.”
Only seven cities within the state of Mississippi operate on a city manager form of government, five of those being in the coastal area.