Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Hattiesburg is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 44,779 at the 2000 census (51,993 according to 2008 estimate).[1] It is the county seat of Forrest County. In recent years the city has grown to include a portion of eastern Lamar County.

Founded in 1882 by pioneer lumberman and civil engineer William H. Hardy, Hattiesburg was named in honor of Hardy's wife Hattie. The town was incorporated two years later with a population of 400. Hattiesburg's population first expanded as a center of the lumber and railroad industries, from which was derived the nickname “The Hub City.” It now attracts newcomers to the area because of the diversity of the economy, strong neighborhoods and the central location in South Mississippi.

Hattiesburg is home to The University of Southern Mississippi (originally known as Mississippi Normal College) and William Carey University (formerly William Carey College). South of Hattiesburg is Camp Shelby, the largest United States National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Mississippi city websites

Last rated on September 4, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is posted.[2]
  • Meetings
    • City Council meeting agendas and schedules are posted.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • City Council members are listed with a collective email address.[4]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Information provided for building permits and zoning.[5]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[6]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Previous budgets are not available.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not provided.
  • Elected Officials
    • Members do not have individual email addresses or phone numbers.
  • Administrative Officials
    • City administrative officials are not listed with contact information.
  • Contracts
    • No information regarding bids or contracts.
  • Lobbying
    • The city does not disclose lobbying information.
  • Public Records
    • Public records information is not available.
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax information is not posted.

Elected Officials

City Council

In 1985, the City of Hattiesburg elected its first officials under the Mayor/Council form of government. The City Council is the legislative authority of the municipality and is charged with adopting laws and setting policy for the City as a whole. Service on the City Council is for a term of four years and is classified as a part-time position. By state law, Council members can appoint a Council Clerk to assist with their duties.[7]

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