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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. […] [...]

Senate votes to keep McGrath as head of MDOT

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has approved the appointment of Melinda McGrath, PE, to remain executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. McGrath’s appointment begins today and will end April 1, 2017, unless it is further extended. As executive director, McGrath, the first woman to serve as leader of MDOT, oversees MDOT’s more than […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Downtown group terminates leader — again

COLUMBUS — The group that promotes commercial development in downtown Columbus has fired it director and will launch a search for her replacement. The Commercial Dispatch reports it’s the second time in less than six months that Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The group’s board said in a statement that Nickie […] [...]

Fired agency director denies wrongdoing

BILOXI — A Jackson law firm is representing the fired executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and says he has not done anything wrong. State and federal investigators are looking at spending under Bill Walker, of Ocean Springs, who was fired Jan. 15. The state Commission on Marine Resources said the dismissal […] [...]

Commissioners terminate state agency’s executive director

BILOXI — Bill Walker has been dismissed as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The decision came today in a unanimous vote from members of the Commission on Marine Resources. CMR vice chairman Jimmy Taylor made the motion to terminate Walker “for cause.” There was no additional discussion before the vote. […] [...]

White leaving MAC to head state tourism efforts

JACKSON  — Malcolm White has been named director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. White, who brings to MDA more than 40 years of experience in the economic development and tourism industries, will begin his new position effective Jan. 14, 2013. “Many people in the Jackson area and around the state are familiar with […] [...]

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 […] [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Brent Christensen named new head of the Mississippi Development Authority

JACKSON — Brent Christensen has been named the new head of the Mississippi Development Authority. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement during a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Jackson. Christensen, who has been the CEO of the Gainesville (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce the last 10 years, replaces interim director Jim Barksdale, the […] [...]

Bryant expected to name new MDA director today

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to name a new head of the Mississippi Development Authority today. The new leader would replace interim director Jim Barksdale, the former Netscape CEO, who has served as the state’s chief economic developer since January. Bryant’s choice will likely be the first permanent MDA director since March 2011, […] [...]

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