Freddy Drennan resigns from City of Picayune
Another top official has left the City of Picayune administration with the resignation of City Manager Freddy Drennan. Drennan is the third management level employee to leave the City since last October.
Drennan was hired as Police Chief in October of 2020. In July of 2021, Drennan was named City Manager of Picayune after Jim Luke, who was the previous City Manager, ran for and was elected Mayor.
Since the change in administration, the City has lost former City Clerk Amber Hinton (October of 2021), former Director Planning/Zoning/Code Enforcement Tom Milar (last month), and now Drennan.
Hinton left after being asked to take a pay cut after being long recognized as one of the best clerks in the state by her peers. Hinton, at the time of her employment with Picayune, was one of only twelve Master Clerks in Mississippi, a distinction given to those who excelled in the role by the International Institutes of Municipal Clerks.
Milar stated he was forced out after he was being reprimanded for what was considered a racist comment. When Milar was asked in a council meeting to give an assessment of a member of the City’s appointed planning committee, Milar basically said the person was present on the committee, but did not bring any real insight or experience to the committee.