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Perjury indictment dismissed against town official

Chesapeake Beach, MD - The current administrator for the Town of Chesapeake Beach no longer faces perjury charges in Mississippi, published reports stated.

According to the Sun Herald newspaper, on June 15 Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson dismissed the indictment against Richard Rose.

The report noted that the Mississippi State Attorney General’s Office filed a request that the indictment be set aside, labeling it “defective.”

The charge stemmed from testimony Rose gave during a hearing with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security after he was fired from his administrative job with the Town of Diamondhead City.

Rose was indicted in March and turned himself into Harrison County authorities in April. He was subsequently released on $5,000 bond.

Chesapeake Beach officials hired Rose last year after an extensive national search. He began his tenure in October. He continued with his administrator duties while the case in Mississippi was being adjudicated, receiving the full support of Mayor Bruce Wahl and other town officials.

“I am thankful this is over,” Rose told The Bay Net. “I appreciate all the support I received from Chesapeake Beach Mayor Wahl, our town employees, town council and many others. I look forward to a long, hot summer in Chesapeake Beach.”

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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