AG: Moss Point mayor's veto should stand

The mayor's decision to veto the hiring of Calvin Hutchins sparked protests in Moss Point. (Photo source: WLOX)
The mayor's decision to veto the hiring of Calvin Hutchins sparked protests in Moss Point. (Photo source: WLOX)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield's recent veto rejecting the Board of Aldermen's choice for police chief is legal. That's according to an attorney general's opinion on the matter.

Moss Point Board of Aldermen attorney Amy St Pe' said this week the city received the AG's opinion on whether the mayor abused his veto power by rejecting the board's hiring of Calvin Hutchins as the city's new police this summer.

Alderman Wayne Lennep asked for for the legal opinion following Broomfield's veto, which happened less than 24 hours after Hutchins was hired. She said the only way for the board to fight the veto now is through court action.

Lennep said the AG's response was very confusing and contradictory. He is now considering asking the AG to give a more clear and concise answer for the board.

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