Hattiesburg City Council approves police chief nominee

Hattiesburg City Council approves police chief nominee
Anthony Parker has been approved as the new HPD chief

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council has approved Mayor Johnny Dupree's latest police chief nominee.

Mayor DuPree nominated current Crystal Springs Chief of Police Anthony Parker for the top spot at the Hattiesburg Police Department on June 11.

In a special called meeting, Parker was approved with a 4-0 vote, with Councilwoman Deborah Delgado not in attendance.

According to Parker's resume, he has been with the Crystal Springs Police Department since 2009, where he started as a patrolman. Prior to his service there, he was a special agent and master sergeant for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations for eight years and a state trooper with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for 19 years.

Parker is also a 1979 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

"If he is allowed to come over here and do his job I think he will be fine, I believe the police officers are going to get behind him, I believe that's what he is; he is an officer's chief," said City Council President Kim Bradley. "Just like he told me, he is just the coach and he has got assistant coaches that are going to lead the game and he is just going to sit back and watch and be where he needs to be to provide the leadership that needs to be in place."

Bradley said Parker will assume the new position in the coming weeks and that Frazier Bolton will stop being paid when Parker starts.

Parker will be making $85,000 a year, which is $3,000 more than Mayor DuPree makes.

As far as the lawsuit that has been involved with the department head nominations:

"The only thing that left that is pending, we have a motion that he (DuPree) be responsible for pay of our attorney fees, he needs to pay for his fees because the city doesn't need to pick up the tab for his foolishness," said Bradley.

Mayor DuPree and Anthony Parker were not in attendance for today's meeting.