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Diamondhead names new city manager

Clovis Reed, of Brandon, is Diamondhead's new city manager. (Photo source: WLOX) Clovis Reed, of Brandon, is Diamondhead's new city manager. (Photo source: WLOX)
Diamondhead City Council  (Photo source: WLOX) Diamondhead City Council (Photo source: WLOX)
Diamondhead was incorporated as a city in 2012.  (Photo source: WLOX) Diamondhead was incorporated as a city in 2012. (Photo source: WLOX)
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

After a bit of recent controversy over its city manager, Diamondhead is moving forward with new leadership. Tuesday night, the city council announced Clovis Reed, of Brandon, is the new city manager.

"I'm very fortunate to be selected, and looking forward to living and working in Diamondhead," said Reed, who has been in public service for 25 years. In all that time, though, Reed said he's never worked for a city as young as Diamondhead. 

"At this point in my career, it's an interesting challenge and I look forward to it," said Reed.

"We're a welcoming, warm, friendly community, and we had a tremendous response and a lot of great applicants," said Mayor Tommy Schafer.

More than 20 applicants responded to advertisements for the position since it was vacated in April. That's when the former city manager, Richard Rose, was let go. Council members seem eager to move past that controversy. One resident at the meeting acknowledged Reed has his work cut out for him.

"It's a mess right now, I tell you the truth, it's a first class mess," said Durell Pellegrin, who has lived in the area for eight years.

He thinks Diamondhead was incorporated too soon, and doesn't believe a new city manager will be able to do much to fix a bigger problem.

"He's a good man, but he's not going to help the process," said Pellegrin.

Councilman Blaine LaFontaine is more confident in the future.

"We made a decision that we thought was in the best interest, and moving forward I hope that it works out for everyone," said LaFontaine.

Reed won't officially begin his new position until September 1. Until then, Public Works Director Richard Sullivan will be the interim city manager.

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