Mayor Of Biloxi Enters Inpatient Treatment

Mayor Of Biloxi Enters Inpatient Treatment

By McCarton Ackerman 02/02/15

A.J. Holloway has been mayor of Biloxi since 1993.

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The mayor of Biloxi, Miss., has reportedly checked himself into an inpatient alcohol treatment clinic last week.

A.J. Holloway, 75, has been serving as mayor of Biloxi since 1993. He reportedly made the decision on his own and is expected to make a full recovery. Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols said that Ward 2 Councilman Felix Genes has been appointed as acting mayor while Holloway receives treatment.

"Everyone is aware of the tremendous love Mayor Holloway has for this city and its people," Nichols said, "and everyone is aware of the extraordinary leadership he's provided as our mayor. Now it's our time to stand by him and support him in this chapter of his life."

Of course, politicians struggling with substance abuse isn’t a new trend. Last April, State Rep. Dan Eagle was arrested for DUI in Tallahassee. The arresting officer immediately noted the “strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle,” and later reported that Eagle’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. While Eagle acknowledged his arrest, he said in a statement that he didn’t “believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events.”

Last June, the mayor of Florida’s “most corrupt town” was given a five-year sentence for drug possession and distribution. Barry Layne Moore served as mayor of Hampton for just two months before his arrest in November 2013 for selling oxycodone to an undercover officer

A state audit that same month found such corruption in Hampton that state officials wanted to dissolve the town of 500 residents completely. In addition to 31 violations of the city’s charter, $132,000 in city funds was spent at the BP convenience store next to City Hall and $27,000 had been charged to the city’s credit card for expenses that served “no public purpose.” Hampton police wrote tickets totaling a staggering $617,000 between 2010-2012, which averaged out to $1,230 for each resident.

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