Holloway moving forward with hiring of new police chief

Mayor A.J. Holloway has appointed a committee of civic leaders and law enforcement veterans to recommend the top candidates from the more than three dozen applications received for the city’s new police chief.

Holloway, who appointed similar committees in the two instances when he appointed police chiefs over the past 16 years, has set no timetable on when he will name the new chief, who also serves as director of the police department.

Members of the committee are Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara; former Biloxi Police Chief Edward L. “Ed” Ryan; former Biloxi City Councilman Eric Dickey; Steve Brooks, executive vice president of Roy Anderson Corp.; and Jill Middleton, the city’s human resources manager.

Holloway named Linda Atterberry, a 15-year veteran of the department, to serve as acting director May 13, replacing retiring Chief Bruce Dunagan. Under city ordinance, an acting director can serve 90 days before council action is required.

Council meeting: The mayor will be asking City Council members to re-affirm the appointment of several department directors at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. To see the complete agenda for the meeting,
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