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Clovis Reed resigns as Diamondhead City Manager

Diamondhead City Manager Clovis Reed resigned his position at the start of Tuesday's city council meeting. (Photo source: WLOX) Diamondhead City Manager Clovis Reed resigned his position at the start of Tuesday's city council meeting. (Photo source: WLOX)
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

Diamondhead City Manager Clovis Reed announced Tuesday that he's stepping down from his post. Reed made the announcement at the beginning of the monthly city council meeting.

His departure follows months of political infighting between the mayor and council members; a contentious city audit and most recently questions about the release of a list of city’s database of resident email addresses to comply with a public records request.

Another recent controversy was brewing about a mailed brochure that Reed said touted grants awarded to the city for various projects. The problem was that some people were questioning the legality of the way the brochures were sent. Reed said he followed the rules.

"I'm glad we got them out there and it didn't cost the city anything to get the brochures out. I paid for the stamps out of my pocket. I'm proud. I don't have any regrets for that," said Reed.

Reed came out of retirement to fill the position three years ago.

"I'll go back to retirement status and spend some time with family and maybe do some consulting work. I'm just going to take some time off because this has been a roller coaster and it's been a full-time job, but I'm proud of the accomplishments," said Reed.

Reed’s decision to leave as city manager came on election day as voters went to the polls to choose a new mayor and five council members. The tension of election season brought a lot of emotion to Tuesday's council meeting.

"I get emotional because I love this city. That's why I'm here. Folks, y'all have been an embarrassment to Diamondhead in this election," said long-time resident, Henry Foreman.

Foreman wasn't happy with how the young city's second campaign season had gone. He said he considered the city paradise.

"The negative and any politics destroys part of that reputation," said Foreman.

Diamondhead is the youngest city on the coast, having been a municipality since 2012.

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