Still no new police chief in Biloxi

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After several applications, a nominations committee and Tuesday's appointment, the city of Biloxi still has not named a new police chief.

Tuesday, Mayor A.J. Holloway announced the appointment of interim chief Linda Atterberry. However, in a six-one vote, the Biloxi City Council decided to table the measure. Councilman Tom Wall made the motion to table the appointment. Many council members felt they didn't have enough time to make a decision.

Atterberry was amongst five finalists for the position, one of whom was assistant chief Rodney McGilvary. Mayor Holloway said the nomination committee worked on a point system and believes Atterberry is the best candidate.

The mayor originally said the acting director would not be a candidate, but after weeks of screening potential directors, Mayor Holloway said he will stick by the decision of the nomination committee.

"Shortly after she came on board, I negotiated the ability that she had and the experience for 35 years as a policeman," said Mayor Holloway. "Fifteen of those with the city of Biloxi, where she worked her way up to captain. I think she deserved to come in and make an application for that job."

Again, Councilman Tom Wall made the motion to table the appointment. Clark Griffith was the only other councilmember who voted against the measure. Mayor Holloway said he plans to speak with council to find out why they did not move forward.

Atterberry said she was somewhat shocked by the news of her appointment, but she's ready to take on the job.

"I've been in law enforcement in South Mississippi for 35 years, so I have a good network. So moving into that higher level and being able to exchange those ideas, that part is exciting, yes," said Atterberry.

There is no word on when the appointment for the Biloxi Police Chief position will come up again.

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