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With the impending departure of Celeste Reep Oglesby to Tennessee, Singing River is on the hunt for a replacement. Recently Oglesby circulated the below e-mail to local law firms and attorneys.
We are told that most of the attorneys being contacted are under the age of 45, the implication being that SRHS is looking for a patsy who won’t stand up to Brett Williams, Dogan & Wilkinson, Kevin Holland or anyone else seeking to preserve the status quo. Holland is said to be conducting interviews and plans to only recommend one “choice” to the Board of Trustees. Multiple sources have informed SRHS Watch that the new trustees are asking questions and are getting a lot of push-back from both Williams and Holland.
Two other c-suiters are expected to resign in the coming weeks.
From: Celeste Oglesby
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:18 AM
To: Celeste Oglesby
Subject: General Counsel Position at SRHS
Singing River has filed their response to the Mississippi Supreme Court on Denham and Barton’s Petition for Sanctions.
Local and social media has been abuzz recently with talk about transparency of the Jackson County Utility Authority. Several city leaders are going to the mattresses against the JCUA claiming that the board has no oversight, no transparency, no accountability, and no way to be reined in. Much of the language and arguments being used are the same ones that have been said about Singing River. Here is a sample from the City of Gautier’s Facebook page:
Did You Know?
Your wastewater treatment costs are decided by a non-elected government board, who pass operating costs onto you, via your city bill? Did you know there is no oversight by a state agency? Jackson County and its 4 cities have created the JCUA Taskforce to look into this issue due to its impacts on homebuilders and citizens.
It all sounds very distressing. Nearly the entire Jackson County delegation is on board in implementing changes. Michael Watson (formerly of Dogan & Wilkinson) has mentioned that the JCUA has an “unregistered lobby” in Jackson.
What’s interesting is that the cities are not alone in this crusade. They have recruited their attorneys into this fight and since Dogan & Wilkinson represents Ocean Springs, Moss Point, and formerly Gautier, they are in the mix. (Two Dogan & Wilkinson partners split to form their own firm, Bordis & Danos. Josh Danos continues to represent the City of Gautier.)
What is ironic is that at the center of the cities’ push for openness and transparency at the JCUA is the same firm that has fought it and profited from it at Singing River: Dogan & Wilkinson.
Earl Denham and Harvey Barton have filed an appeal asking the Supreme Court to cite Judge Breland Hilburn for contempt.
They ask for the removal of Hilburn, Special Master Britt Singletary, Special Fiduciary Steve Simpson and several other lawyers.
Hilburn seems to be dancing to the same tune as he was back in Wilson v. Scruggs.
Improperly plead, properly plead. Not before the court, before the court.
Hearing is scheduled,hearing is cancelled. I will follow the court’s order, I won’t follow the court’s order, I will follow the court’s order. I won’t recuse, I will recuse, but I won’t recuse in some.
The thing that is shaken is the public perception of the judiciary.
Just one day after Breland Hilburn issued an order saying he will not hold a recusal hearing nor recuse, he reverses course and recuses in the Denham & Barton cases.
Attorney Harvey Barton says that he is not satisfied and will continue to seek Hilburn’s removal in all the cases.
We are awaiting an order from the court and will post details as they become available.