Nationwide search underway for Gulfport fire chief

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The city of Gulfport has once again launched a national search for a new fire chief. Several weeks ago, the man the city thought had accepted the job changed his mind and took a job in Texas instead.

Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel told WLOX News Friday that he will give extra consideration to any internal candidates who apply for the job.

"I absolutely want, and always will want, to promote from within," Mayor Schloegel said. "I have over 50 years of that philosophy in my former job. You always, always try to promote from within, if you can."

But don't look for a decision anytime soon. The mayor said the process of advertising the position and interviewing candidates will probably take a couple of months.

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