Jackson County names new Harbor Master

Bill Richman (Photo source: Jackson Co. Board of Supervisors)
Bill Richman (Photo source: Jackson Co. Board of Supervisors)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County now has a new Small Craft Harbor Master in Ocean Springs. Bill Richman was officially named to the post at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

Richman currently serves as the County's Animal Shelter Director and will still maintain some management responsibilities at the shelter following the transfer.

County Administrator Alan Sudduth recommended Richman's transfer to the Harbor Master position.

"Bill has the management experience and understanding of County policies to serve as the full time Harbor Master while providing assistance to our shelter," Sudduth explained. "His official title will be Harbor Master/Shelter Supervisor. The management structure of the shelter will be reorganized with primary management and day-to-day operations being handled by current shelter personnel."

The Small Craft Harbor is operated and maintained by the Board of Supervisors and provides 165 boat slips to private and commercial vessels. The Board is assisted by a Harbor Commission which helps oversee the harbor and provides recommendations. The harbor is located on the waters of the Mississippi Sound inside the City of Oceans Springs.

Richman has served as Shelter Director for more than seven years managing an 11 person staff, 9,000 sq. ft. in facilities, and a $600,000 annual operating budget. Richman works daily with city and county officials to help control the animal population.

During his tenure Richman has overseen the adoption of almost 8,000 pets and a major remodeling of the shelter's facility.

"Bill's experience handling County facilities and construction projects is a real asset as the Harbor moves forward with several major remodeling plans," Sudduth said.

In July, the County began construction of a new 3,000 sq. ft. Harbor Office. Construction is nearing the half way mark and is scheduled to be completed in July 2011. This $830,000 project is being paid fully through FEMA recovery funds. Major work is also being budgeted and planned for bulk head repairs.

Richman came to the County in 2002 with a decade of employee and facility management experience. He was the Plant Manager for Best Manufacturing for nine years. Richman also proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

For more information about the County's harbor or animal shelter, visit www.co.jackson.ms.us.

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