Miller confirmed as DMR head

Senators on Thursday confirmed Jamie Miller of Gulfport as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee members on Wednesday quizzed Miller about how he’ll manage the agency that has had financial problems in recent months. The agency’s former executive director, Bill Walker, of Ocean Springs, was terminated Jan. 15 amid questions about misspending. State and federal investigations of the agency’s actions during Walker’s tenure are ongoing, but Walker had denied wrongdoing.

Miller, who was nominated by Gov. Phil Bryant, said he’ll do a 60-day review of DMR operations. He also pledged the agency will be transparent and accountable to the public. With the Senate vote Thursday, the appointment took effect immediately and Miller said he was honored to be taking over the agency.

Sun Herald