As most everyone learns by time they hit second grade, the problem with serial lying is keeping them all straight. With last week’s news that a Mississippi code section dealing with interim municipal appointments had been changed, specifically in response to Hizzoner’s abuses of same, the instant reaction was to try some spin with the local paper. Cassandra Favre’s story in the Saturday Echo on Leslie’s law is a must read because it lends clarity the Mayor’s missed school board appointment as well as chronicles the Mayor telling a whopper. Let’s start with the whopper:
In another matter, last year, the Bay St. Louis City Council questioned the validity of the city’s building official, Charles Oliver’s employment. Although Oliver has been employed by the city for years, since he was never actually certified by the state, council members consider him the city’s “interim” building official.The council referenced Senate Bill 2587.
Councilman Lonnie Falgout said at a July 2016 council meeting that any compensation paid to Oliver after July 1, 2016 was a “direct violation of the law.”
At a July 2016 council meeting, Fillingame said an AG opinion said that the new law did not relate to municipal employees.
Fillingame said Friday that Oliver is the “building official, not an interim and not in an appointed position. He is a city employee.”
And like I said at the beginning of the post, the problem with making it up as you go along is the budgets submitted by the Mayor which have been adopted clearly shows the real story with respect to Oliver:
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. ~ Mark Twain
For former Bay St Louis School Board member Maurice Singleton the news is just as bad. For the incestuous School District, some fresh blood on the Board of Trustees would be a good thing in any event.