To set things up let’s do a quick comment bump from Gerald Lampkey (Slightly edited for clarity)
I’m told the alderman had two names on the table for consideration for city clerk, both came with excellent governmental qualifications and both turned down the job before Lagasse was offered the job.
I was told Charlene Black, who supposedly is a certified clerk for Bay St. Louis and a forever long time employee declined the offer. Not sure why she turned the job down, but she would have been a wise choice for Waveland. I’m just curious who was the second person that Waveland was considering?
Versions of this rumor have been circulating in Waveland ever since Mayor Smith made it known he would be backing local good ol’ boy Mickey Lagasse for the City Clerk position. The main incarnation of this rumor was that both Charleen Black and Sissy Gonzales, key Favre Administration employees in the City of Bay St Louis, applied for the vacant City Clerk position. Unlike Mr. Lagasse both of these women possess the qualifications to be City Clerk.
The only problem is the rumors about Ms. Black and Ms. Gonzales, which originated out of Waveland City Hall, are about 95% bullshit.
We need another comment bump at this point, this time from, Sticks and Stones:
I heard Charlene was offered the position as city clerk but is a happy camper in the bay. I heard Mike Smith made a lot of promise, par for the course!
Let’s leave aside for a second that one sister City trying to poach employees from another would be considered bad form in most polite business circles because it is considered exactly that, Charlene Black and Sissy Gonzales are not exactly hard to find people and Slabbed has excellent contacts there at the Bay City Hall. This is what I found:
1. Sticks and Stones is correct. Smith offered Ms. Black the job, sight unseen, no application just an anointing. Ms. Black is happy in her current job at Bay City Hall and declined the Mayor’s offer.
2. Ms. Gonzales never applied for the Waveland Clerk’s job and like Ms. Black is also very happy in her current position as Bay St Louis’ City Clerk.
I suspect neither much appreciates being used as fodder for a political bob and weave that resulted in the Mayor installing an unqualified good ol’ boy as his newest City Clerk. Former Bay St Louis Mayor Les Fillingame used to play those kind of games the difference being Fillingame and Mayor Smith being that Fillingame was actually good at it.
As Waveland City Officials start another term of office they’re off to a very inauspicious start.