DIAMONDHEAD – (AP) Diamondhead turns a year old today.
Incorporation papers were signed Jan. 30, 2012, though the city’s first mayor and council weren’t sworn in until a week later. Officials will be in Jackson for the Mississippi Municipal League Mid-Winter Conference on the anniversary, so they plan to celebrate at a public party with birthday cake at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at City Hall.
In the past year, the city of 8,200 residents has hired employees, passed ordinances, created a budget, completed a comprehensive plan, adopted building codes and opened departments such as Diamondhead Public Works, which become official this month.
The city began with a volunteer staff but has grown to 27 full-time paid employees, counting the police department.