November 25, 2020

Mississippi circuit clerk faces contempt charges for failure to meet report deadline

A south Mississippi elected official faces a possible contempt of court citation for failing to file income reports.

The Sun Herald reports Stone County Circuit Clerk Jeffrey O’Neal did not file the state-mandated reports for several years and missed an April 15 deadline for the 2018 document. In November, state Auditor Shad White demanded O’Neal’s reports for 2016 and 2017.

Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt has also ordered O’Neal to file the reports.

O’Neal tells the newspaper he has submitted the 2016 report but is still working on 2017 and 2018. He says he takes responsibility for neglecting to file.
Circuit clerks are paid from fees collected by their offices.

Schmidt says O’Neal can avoid a contempt of court citation by submitting the overdue reports to the auditor by Tuesday.