By WLOX Staff
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway on Wednesday named Linda Atterberry the city's acting police chief. Atterberry is currently serving as Biloxi's Emergency Management Coordinator. She's also a former Long Beach assistant chief of police.
Atterberry will temporarily replace Bruce Dunagan, who is retiring from the department.
The mayor said that he would follow a procedure that has worked successfully in the past in selecting a new permanent director: the city would advertise the position in-house and regionally and a panel of community leaders would recommend to him the top candidates for the position.
"I expect to have this process accomplished in a matter of weeks, not months," Holloway said.
Atterberry, 59, joined the Biloxi Police Department 15 years ago as an investigator. She was previously assistant chief of police in Long Beach and also had served as chief of detectives with that department. With Biloxi, she was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant and captain, and for the past nine years has served as the city's Emergency Management coordinator.