Treasurer’s Right to Audit Case Gets New Judge

The case to determine the powers of the Treasurer of the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association now has a new Chancellor to hear the issue.  The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Michael H. Ward as a special Chancellor after all four judges that serve the Diamondhead community recused themselves for various reasons.

Michael H. Ward was a judge for the Second Judicial District (Place 2) of Mississippi. He was appointed to the court by Chief Justice William Waller and assumed office on August 4, 2014. He served until the general elections on November 4, 2014.

Special Chancellor Michael Ward

Special Chancellor Michael Ward

Ward is also a former judge for the Harrison County Court in Mississippi and served in that position for 32 years. He retired from that court in December 2010.

They case revolves around an attempted forensic audit called by the treasurer of the DHCC&POA, Mike Schaefer after staggering losses were reported at the Diamondhead Country Club over the summer.  Board members blocked the audit and claimed that all such actions must be approved by them.

No date has been set for the hearing.