Bentz among finalist to lead SMPDD; board to meet tomorrow

GULFPORT — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz is among five finalists for the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District’s executive director job.

An official with the group told The Sun Herald yesterday the group’s board of directors meets tomorrow in Gulfport to discuss the vacancy and Bentz is among the five being considering.

Bentz didn’t respond to the Sun Herald’s calls for comment yesterday. The director job pays between $150,000 and $200,000 per year, depending on qualifications. His current pay is set in state law at $78,000 per year.

Bentz is a former Harrison County deputy sheriff, former PSC utility investigator and a former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

If Bentz were to step down, Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint a replacement.

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