The Mississippi Attorney General has released his opinion on who is the appointing power for the Civil Service Commission, and will therefore take part in a hearing over whether or not they will be removed from office. Jim Hood's office says BOTH the Mayor and the Council are the appointing power, and both should participate in the hearing. If after the hearing, the mayor wants to remove them from office, he can do so only with the council's approval.
Meridian City Attorney Michael Goggans says he will discuss the opinion with both the Mayor and Council so everyone has a clear understanding of their roles in the process. He says due to the timing of receiving the opinion, he believes it's appropriate to reschedule the Civil Service Commission hearing, which was set for Monday.