- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Hattiesburg City Council is scheduled for a vote on the mayor’s fourth nominee for police chief - Crystal Springs Police Chief Anthony Parker.

The council, which rejected three previous nominees, is scheduled to vote at 8:30 a.m. Monday, The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/1Hoz2Zr ) reported.

Council members met with Parker on June 16. They said the interview went well, but originally had planned to vote July 6 or 7.

Parker is a former Southern Miss football standout who retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol after 27 years. He joined the Crystal Springs Police Department in February 2010 as a patrol officer and was named chief in October 2013.

Since being re-elected to a fourth term in September 2013, DuPree has declined to nominate Chief Frazier Bolton, who has held the job for eight years. He still holds the title but no longer oversees day-to-day operations.

Council President Kim Bradley and Councilman Carter Carroll sued DuPree in November because he wasn’t nominating people to positions requiring council approval. There are 17 such jobs; police chief is the only one still unconfirmed.

Forrest County Special Judge L. Breland Hilburn found DuPree in civil contempt of court in May, and said he would be fined $150 a day if the position is not confirmed by July 10.

The Hattiesburg Fraternal Order of Police, which abstained on voting on nominee Mitchell Dent and issued votes of no confidence on Jimmie Gardner and Ronald Sampson Sr., said it found Parker qualified.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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