Holloway to seek extension of Atterberry appointment

Mayor A.J. Holloway next week will ask the City Council to allow Linda Atterberry to continue to serve as acting director of the Biloxi Police Department for another 90 days.

The meeting, which begins at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Biloxi Community Center, includes an agenda of more than a dozen resolutions, including measures to provide funding of $25,000 for an upcoming PGA golf tournament and $5,000 for a state high-school all-star game.

Also on the agenda are two zoning issues, one involving a 12-lot townhome subdivision off Elder Street on Back Bay, and a measure to allow two rental units to be operated by Councilman Bill Stallworth on Bohn Street.

The Atterberry resolution asks council members to extend for 90 days a measure that was originally approved on Aug. 4 naming Atterberry as acting director of the police department. In September, a month into her acting status, councilmembers declined to approve Holloway’s nomination of Atterberry as permanent head of the department.

“I’m not ready to make a permanent appointment at this time,” Holloway said this afternoon. “I’m continuing to weigh my options.”

To see a timeline on the process to name a director of the police department, click here.

To see the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting, click here.

News and notes

A safe Halloween at the mall: Edgewater Mall’s nearly 100 merchants will be offering treats to costumed trick or treaters Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. “It’s a great opportunity to trick or treat in a climate-controlled, safe environment,” says mall manager Terry Powell. “We’re hoping families will come out and have a great time.” To find out more about Edgewater Mall,
click here.

Catfish Day at Hiller Park: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks personnel this week released nearly a thousand freshwater catfish in the Hiller Park pond for Saturday’s Fishing for Catfish Kids Day at the west Biloxi park. For details on the free event, click here.

Weekend entertainment: There will be a host of haunted houses operating this weekend. You’ll also find Better than Ezra and Lewis Black at the Beau Rivage, the Doobie Brothers at the IP, and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Hard Rock. To see the complete lineup and details, click here.

Beck Park re-opens: Beck Park re-opened this morning after Public Works crews used earth-moving equipment to fill in a hole that had been dug in the Division Street park.

Christmas on the Water: Yes, talk of Christmas already. The Christmas on the Water committee will host a kickoff meeting, open to boat owners and captains, on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Biloxi Yacht Club, For details on this year’s events, click here.