Diamondhead Files Papers To Incorporate

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Diamondhead is one step closer to becoming a city. Tuesday, community leaders filed a petition in the Hancock County Chancery Clerk's office for incorporation.

Proponents needed two thirds of the registered voters in Diamondhead to sign a petition in favor of becoming a city. They say they ended up with between 3,300 and 3,600, far more than what was required.

"The biggest thing it means to us is we're going to be able to control our own destiny. We will be a city, if the judge approves, and this is step one in that direction," Diamondhead resident Chuck Ingraham said. "We're going to have the ability to pass our own laws, to have our own police force. We also want to ensure that as we move forward, that we get the tax dollars that we're currently spending. About a million plus we spend in taxes that goes elsewhere will come back to us in Diamondhead."

An incorporation trial date will be set sometime within the next four months. Chancery Court Judge Carter Bise has been appointed to hear the case.

If approved, Diamondhead would operate under a city manager form of government with a Mayor and five council members.