GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - John Hairston used the Mississippi Gaming Commission's annual meeting on the coast to announce he's stepping down from that agency. At today's meeting inside the Island View Casino Resort, Hairston said his resignation becomes official January 31.
The gaming commission chairman explained he chose now to resign because his term and the term of commissioner Nolan Canon both expire in October. By resigning early, Hairston believes the governor will have a chance to stagger those terms, so someone with more experience will stay on the commission.
Governor Haley Barbour appointed Hairston to the gaming commission in 2005. It will be up to Gov. Phil Bryant to select Hairston's successor.
Away from the Mississippi Gaming Commission, John Hairston is CEO of Hancock Holding Company.