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Hairston exiting early from Mississippi Gaming Commission

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gaming Commission member John Hairston says he will resign from regulatory board effective Jan. 31.

Hairston was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2005 and again in 2010. He made the announcement at a commission meeting Thursday.

Hairston was recently named president and chief executive officer of Hancock Holding Co. and he says he is very busy.

Hairston says he chose now to resign because his term and the term of commissioner Nolan Canon both expire in October. By resigning early, Hairston says the governor will have a chance to stagger those terms, so someone with more experience will stay on the commission.

The state Senate will confirm Hairston’s successor.

The term of the third member of the commission, Wally Carter of Ocean Springs, ends Sept. 30, 2016.



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