Southern District PSC Candidate / Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell loses control of City Council

Time is short folks but this latest turn of events bears mentioning as Tuesday’s meeting has now made the news both on WLOX and the Sun Herald. The quote WLOX snagged from retiring Police Chief/new City Manager Kenny Johnson sets things up nicely:

“I think the council stepped up and showed confidence in me to lead not only the police department but to lead the entire city,” Johnson said. “I want to make sure that things are done properly, that we’re running like we’re supposed to run, we’re working within the perimeters of our form of government and make sure that happens moving forward before someone else is appointed to take my place.”

Slabbed corresponded with a member of the audience associated with the Speak Up Pascagoula Facebook page who indicated exactly what Margaret Baker wrote for the Sun Herald that Mayor Dane tried his hand at forcing out the Chief along with two other officers and ended up getting the chief promoted to City Manager. In this type of Mississippi home rule charter the Mayor is essentially the chief councilman at large with ceremonial duties and one vote (not to be confused with the Mayor Alderman “Weak Mayor” form of home rule). Without a council majority Maxwell has been neutered as a political force in Pascagoula.

No meeting account would be complete without a show of bad sportsmanship and according to the Citizen that wrote to Slabbed the award for that would go to Mayor Dane’s wife, who evidently did not react well to the vote to install Johnson as City Manager.

Folks there has been a lot lacking in Mayor Dane’s performance as a politician in his hometown. Maybe that is why he is running for Southern District PSC. The people that know him best there in Pascagoula will be the first to tell you he is no bargain as a politician.

Slabbed will be having a bit more on the Southern District PSC race very soon.

12 thoughts on “Southern District PSC Candidate / Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell loses control of City Council”

  1. This election cycle is the most depressing one I have ever lived through. From the governor all the way to the southern district public service commission office there are No good choices.
    Maxwell aka. Crooked as a Snake vs. Hit & Run Moran.
    Conway Twitty vs. Kiss the Ring Reeves (By the way, notice how Hood trimmed his mullet while running for Governor)
    Lynn Fitch (hardly ever took a case to court) vs. Collins who has no record to speak of (Do respect her service to our country)
    Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King (Can’t remember the last time one of the 3 lower counties elected a local for this office)
    Delbert who decided that after 100 years the state owned the tidelands and all money from leases must go to Jackson then some sent back at his discretion vs. Hughes who doesn’t stand a chance.
    Lord we need help in this state.
    This is a fine mess we got ourselves into.

    1. I hate the idea of not voting, but it will be hard this year. I’ll drive with one hand while I hold my nose in advance of arriving at my precinct😩

    2. Things won’t change because the people here are too wrapped up in the good ole boy network. A candidate could be amazing but most of these rubes (Ocean Springs) will always pull for the hometown boy. It’s incestuous and breeds corruption.

  2. I thought I would take a break from Cruising the Coast at the Slabbed Spot – you picked a fine time to tune into the antics called Pascagoula Politics. CF brings up valid points. I await the next installment with much anticipation. This is getting more interesting by the moment.

  3. I gotta say – that had to be the most interesting meeting in the history of the Dane Maxwell regime. After watching the gas sale debacle it was completely new to see the unity of those 3 councilmen and Colmer. Still disappointing that no one saw the truth in that sale – maybe one day that will come out too. This regime is full of players just waiting to be indicted. We’ve seen em be indicted for less. Is anyone paying attention?

  4. Was that 6 or 7 short blasts of The Vessel Maxwell’s horn? Alrighty then. Should he win the PSC, you know the old proverb, “the higher they climb, the harder they fall”. This ship is one long horn’s blast away from sinking no matter how many moles are put in Jackson on the Vessel “CYA”. Hopefully the “Coast Guard” is watching and listening. Hooyah

  5. I am wondering if the shares on this article are breaking records for Slabbed – 403 total shares is impressive to say the least. And 310 of those shares are on Facebook! Is the Maxwell Machine working overtime to develop a damage control strategy? Or is Dane too busy Cruising the Coast? Douglas Handshoe , the one answer we do have is that people read your posts!

    1. Not even close. The lusty lawyer and cabbie garnered over 10K, as did the Ashley Madison lists, which ran into the mid 5 figures.

      I’m still very pleased with the reception this post has received.

      1. You very well should be, but I thank you for the clarification nonetheless. Politics in Pascagoula does not get much exposure and I thank you for what you are doing on Slabbed to shed light on a very interesting situation.

      2. Do you still have that Ashley Madison List? !!. There were some gems on it from the Wild West over here in Handcuff County😎

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