Eupora, MS asked in Business Law for Mississippi

Q: Can a city clerk own a business in the town they are clerk in?

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Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • Hernando, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: If you are a contract employee with the City, which I would doubt, there may be a provision in the contract which provides that you cannot have other employment; if so, that would potentially be a problem. Absent that, there would be no prohibition against you owning a business in the city just because you work for the city. There may, however, be other laws restricting whether and/or how your business can do business with the city, but that would be a public purchasing issue about which you are probably already familiar with.

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