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Retiring DMR exec to turn over some duties to new deputy

BILOXI — Mississippi Department of Marine Resources executive director Bill Walker says new deputy director Danny Guice will take over some of his responsibilities as Walker prepares to retire.

Walker told the Sun Herald he plans to retire by June of 2013. Gov. Phil Bryant would name his successor.

“What the governor needs is someone who can put in another eight to 10 years in the position,” Walker said. “Well, I made it clear before he (Bryant) was elected that I didn’t have eight years to give him. I’d take it year by year.”

The deputy director position has been vacant since William S. “Corky” Perret retired in June 2009.

Guice, 59, of Ocean Springs, served in the state House of Representatives from 2006 to 2008, and was on the Marine Resources Committee. He was also a Justice Court judge in Jackson County in the early 1980s.

Guice left the state Parole Board to take the MDMR position, and Bryant filled his seat on the Parole Board last week.

About selecting Guice, Walker said Guice’s name rose to the top after he consulted people in the agency.

“I’ve known Danny for a long time. Worked with him in the Legislature,” Walker said. “He’s very fair-minded and an open-minded kind of guy.”

He said Guice will “oversee certain programs within the agency, to help with all of them, really. Do the same thing that I do. Take some of my responsibilities away.”

He said Guice’s salary would be approximately $65,000 to $70,000 annually.


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