Statewide, only seven municipalities currently employ the city manager style, but five of those — Gautier, D’Iberville, Pascagoula, Diamondhead, and Picayune — are on the coast.
The coast’s two largest cities, Biloxi and Gulfport, have not strictly adopted the city manager style, but have incorporated elements of it by hiring Chief Administrative Officers to handle day-to-day operations, while still maintaining a full-time mayor.
Recently, longtime Ocean Springs alderman Greg Denyer suggested it may be time for the city to take a look at switching to the city manager style.
“I think we have grown into a rather sophisticated city,” Denyer said. “We need to have someone who is responsible to all the entities of the City, equally. The city is big enough now to warrant a full-time manager.”