Gulfport names new police chief

Leonard Papania
Leonard Papania

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport's Deputy Chief Leonard Papania was appointed to Chief of Police for the Gulfport Police Department on Wednesday. All Gulfport city council members were in favor of the decision.

Soon to be mayor of Gulfport Billy Hewes says he's thrilled to be working with Papania.

The 46-year-old was serving as Gulfport Police Department's deputy chief. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from USM and he has been serving as chief since former Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford retired in February.

In all there were 65 applicants for the top spot.

WLOX Reporter Hannah Moseley is covering this story. She'll have more details later on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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