Gulfport CAO, former Police Chief Leonard Papania announces retirement

The City of Gulfport announced the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer, Leonard Papania.
Published: Nov. 21, 2023 at 1:17 PM CST
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GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Tuesday afternoon, the City of Gulfport announced the retirement of Leonard Papania, Gulfport Chief Administrative Officer.

Papania has been with the City of Gulfport for 33 years, previously serving as Gulfport Police Chief.

“Leonard, who dedicated nine transformative years as our Chief of Police, has been a cornerstone of our community’s growth and safety,” a statement from Mayor Billy Hewes read. “His tenure as CAO further solidified his legacy, revolutionizing our operational processes and enhancing collaboration across city departments.

“This retirement is not a farewell but a celebration of Leonard’s enduring impact and ongoing relationship with Gulfport. His contributions have been instrumental in shaping our city’s path forward. We thank Leonard for his extraordinary service and dedication, and while we will miss his daily presence, we look forward to his continued involvement and guidance in our community’s future.”

Papania’s last day as CAO will be December 31.

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