Biloxi Official Stepping Down

Longtime Biloxi councilman Jim Compton is stepping down, but not until next year. Compton says he's leaving the council and shutting down his law practice to become the new C.E.O. of the Hattiesburg based South Mississippi Electric Power Association.

Compton will take over the company in the fall of next year. His term on the council ends in July of 2005.

A special election will have to be held to fill the vacancy.