There will soon be a new police chief in Biloxi. At the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Friday, it was standing room only as Mayor A.J. Holloway made the announcement.
"He is a proven leader, he knows Biloxi, he knows how to do the job. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the new chief of police, Bruce Dunagan."
It took the mayor and a five-member advisory panel just one month to choose Dunagan. He has an impressive resume. Most recently, he served for eight years as assistant police chief to the now retired Tommy Moffet.
Dunagan moved his way up through the ranks, serving the Biloxi Police Department for 27 years. Before coming to Biloxi in 1972, Chief Dunagan graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran, and a graduate of the FBI national academy in Quanico.
Thirty-six people applied for the position, but the mayor and his committee say Assistant Chief Bruce Dunagan was the clear choice.
"We've made a good choice, and as I said, he's been here 27 years, and he's worked his way through all phases of the department. I expect some big things from him," Mayor Holloway said.
"I'm happy I've gotten here," Dunagan said. "Like the mayor said, he expects great things, so you are really under the gun so to speak."
Dunagan's appointment left the assistant police chief job open. Twenty-five year Biloxi police veteran Rodney McGilvary was chosen.