Biloxi's mayor makes choice for Chief Administrative Officer

Biloxi's mayor makes choice for Chief Administrative Officer

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi's mayor has a new choice for Chief Administrative Officer.

Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich has appointed Colonel Michael Leonard to the position. The appointment will come up for a vote at next Tuesday's city council meeting, according to the meeting's agenda.

Colonel Leonard had a distinguished career in the U.S. Marine Corps, including service in Vietnam. After retiring from the military in 1997, he entered the private sector.

If his appointment is confirmed by City Council, Leonard would begin serving as CAO on October 1, and his term would run through June 30, 2017. He would earn an annual salary of $105,000 plus benefits.

Mayor Gilich originally appointed Paul Tisdale to the CAO position, but that appointment was pulled from the agenda last month before a vote could take place. The move was considered controversial because Tisdale had offered to resign from his city council seat and serve as CAO for free for the first year. Biloxi got opinions from the attorney general's office and the ethics commission to make sure he could work and not accept a salary.

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