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Commission to discuss finding new agency director

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the search for a new agency director.

The commission fired Bill Walker Jan. 15 as executive director of the Department of Marine Resources.

Walker, who was appointed head of the MDMR in 2002 by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, has come under fire in recent months — first from a preliminary report in a federal audit which questioned funds spent on land purchases made through a federal program funded by offshore money. The report found the department paid far more in most cases than the estimated value of the properties.

Walker has denied any wrongdoing.

Deputy Director Danny Guice Jr. is serving as interim director.

The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton State Building in Biloxi.

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