Biloxi's chief administrative officer steps down

Biloxi's chief administrative officer steps down

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A shake up at Biloxi City Hall.  The city's chief administrative officer, David Nichols, resigned Friday to accept a new job with Biloxi Public Schools.

Mayor FoFo Gilich plans to offer the CAO position to councilman Paul Tisdale. If he accepts the assignment, Tisdale must resign from his council seat.

A special election must be held to fill the final year of Tisdale's term as Ward 5 councilman if the city council approves the move.

Tisdale worked for the school district before he was elected to represent Ward 5 in 2013. Tisdale served as Superintendent of Biloxi Public Schools from 2004 to 2011, and oversaw the reopening of Biloxi schools just one month after Hurricane Katrina.

"David has an opportunity with Biloxi Public Schools, a district that has a great deal going on right now," Gilich said, "and Paul Tisdale is someone who will bring a great deal of leadership and experience to head our administrative team. I've been impressed with his eagerness to regularly attend FEMA status meetings, staff budget meetings and generally be engaged in a wide range of issues."

According to a news release on the city's website, Tisdale plans to announce his resignation after the city council meeting on July 5. Gilich will ask council members to approve his choice in a special meeting that same day.

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