June 24, 2016: Members of the Bay St. Louis City Council on Thursday grilled Mayor Les Fillingame on several of the findings in the Office of State Auditor (OSA) Performance Review Report made public last week.
Feb 5, 2016: Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame on Friday delivered city council members a notice that he intends to veto their action earlier this week to go after his surety bond company to repay funds diverted from the U.S. Department of Justice forfeiture account.
Feb 2, 2016: The city council on Tuesday voted to file bond claims against Mayor Les Fillingame, two former city clerks and the city's fiscal auditor to recoup more than $300,000 owed to a U.S. Department of Justice forfeitures account.
Jan 8, 2016: Mayor Les Fillingame spoke about his frustrations with continued public chatter and speculations about the Department of Justice review, also requested by the council after it was revealed that police forfeiture funds were not kept in a separate account as required by law. Although an update is not officially in on the final findings, Fillingame said he intends to clear all the rumors up with details and facts.
Oct 7, 2015: The city council refused to approve all payment claims on the docket at Tuesday's meeting, blaming Mayor Les Fillingame's administration for not providing invoices in a timely manner and in some cases submitting incomplete invoices.
Oct 6, 2015: Mayor Les Fillingame has vetoed the city council's call for a federal probe into the unknown whereabouts of up to $315,000 in U.S. Department of Justice money reserved for the police department.
Sept 26, 2015: Bay council approves budget, cuts funding for shelter. "I'm glad it's done," Mayor Les Fillingame said Friday after the council had adjourned. "There were a lot of productive work sessions .. but we have a final budget that reflects a tremendous amount of effort and input from both the elected officials and the public.
June 5, 2015: Bay council discusses harbor fees and cut cables on seawall. Mayor Les Fillingame said people have been cutting the braided-steel cable railings at the top of the wall in order to access the beach, rather than climbing over or under the cables; or walking to one of the city’s approved beach access points.
May 1, 2015: Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame on Tuesday emphatically answered questions about a recent $140,000 withdrawal from the city's utility fund saying all of the money is accounted for and the accounts will be reconciled by the end of the month.
Apr 26, 2015: Bay St. Louis councilmen question $140K shortfall in utility account. Mayor Les Fillingame said there's no problem with the accounts, only that it has taken a little longer to calculate. "They've asked that question so many times, and we told them we were going to settle it quarterly," Fillingame said. "We're going to settle the second quarter this month, and then we'll settle it month-to-month (afterwards).
Feb 6, 2015: Bay St. Louis looked at raising judge's salary to $12k. Mayor Les Fillingame is proposing to hire recently appointed Municipal Court Judge Stephen Maggio as a city employee rather than continue to pay him $175 per week as an independent contractor.