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Johnny DuPree Sworn In as Hattiesburg Mayor for Fourth Time

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Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree officially begins serving his fourth term.

DuPree's inauguration comes a little less than a month after his election on June 4, and his certification as mayor on June 7.

With much of the controversy surrounding the election behind him, DuPree's plan for the city of Hattiesburg is to keep moving forward.

"That's what I think people are interested in is for us to continue to move forward. We can't stifle our city. We can't stop our city from doing business, and we'll continue to do that."

DuPree takes on the next four years with the same city council as last term, with the exception of Dave Ware's replacement for Ward Four Mary Dryden.

The change does not seem to affect DuPree's confidence in his council's ability to work towards a common goal.

"When you look at the things that we agree on, we agree on many, many, many more things than we disagree on. That's healthy - diversity of mind, thought - all the things that are healthy, so we'll continue to move Hattiesburg forward. That's what we get paid to do."

DuPree's plan of attack includes completing long term goals such as Twin Forks Rising and Midtown Project.

Expanding options for cable television with AT&T's U-Verse and presenting a design for a new public safety complex next month highlight his immediate goals.

DuPree says his ability to successfully complete such tasks will not be affected by his upcoming court date with Ware on July 23. 

"There's a lot of things you have to contend with as mayor, and a lot of things you have to put on your back and continue to do your job, and that's what I've done. My attorney's are handling the things they need to handle, and we're moving forward."

DupPee becomes the first individual sworn in as the city's chief executive for four consecutive terms.

He senses some are ready for change, but continues to carry out a familiar role without pause.

"There are people who want a different ending than what happened, and that didn't happen, so we're moving on as mayor."

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