Harrison County

Eleuterius retiring as D'Iberville city manager

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Bobby Eleuterius, board member for the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Bobby Eleuterius, board member for the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. SUN HERALD

D'Iberville City Manager Bobby Eleuterius will retire for a second time June 1, when he'll mark 41 years in government.

Eleuterius said he has told the mayor and council of his decision and will make the formal announcement at Tuesday's council meeting.

"I just wanted to inform you that I would like to enjoy being with my family while my health is good," he told them.

He was appointed city manager in July 2013. Since then, Scarlet Pearl, the city's first casino, has opened, as have a downtown Coast Transit Authority center and a $2.8 million fire station.

Sangani Boulevard was widened and several water, drainage and road projects were completed throughout the city, including the multi-year project by the state Department of Transportation to rebuild the Interstate 10/110 interchange and build the state's first diverging-diamond bridge.

Eleuterius began his public service career in 1974 at age 29, when he ran for Harrison County School Board. In 1983, he won a seat as District 1's county supervisor.

He retired in 2007 after 24 years, which made him the longest-serving supervisor on the board.

He has long been a proponent of building an east-west road on the Biloxi peninsula to relieve traffic on U.S. 90 and Pass Road, and in 1996 he supported building a service road along I-10 in D'Iberville.

"If you look at all the interchanges on I-10 from state line to state line, I-110 is one of the only ones with nothing on it," he told the Sun Herald at the time. "It's going to be a revenue generator in both sales tax and property tax for the city."

The road now is a service road to auto dealerships and to the Promenade shopping center, which are major tax generators for D'Iberville.

When he interviewed for city manager, he said he promised to bring stability to the daily operations of the city, work to re-establish trust and transparency and work to restore D'Iberville's image and credibility.

He'll be the first D'Iberville city manager in several years to leave the office voluntarily and without scandal.

He played sports growing up in South Mississippi and continues to support youth sports in South Mississippi. He also is known for his fish fries for community events.

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