MCMR to discuss DMR personnel issues Friday

SUN HERALDDecember 27, 2012 

BILOXI -- The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has set a special meeting for 3 p.m. Friday to discuss "personnel matters."

A news release from the Department of Marine Resources doesn't elaborate on the personnel issues and Lauren Thompson, DMR's public relations director, who sent out the news release, told the Sun Herald the department didn't have any additional information.

"The commission has called the special meeting and set the agenda," Thompson said. "The department does not have any additional information."

The MCMR, which oversees DMR, met Dec. 18 and held a lengthy closed door talk on issues arising in an ongoing DMR investigations. After the two-hour, 23-minute meeting, the commission came back to adjourn, saying they didn't have enough information to make any decisions yet.

The Investigative Audit Division of the State Auditor's Office and a review by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Interior Department are ongoing. The probes, which the Sun Herald reported in October, are looking at how DMR spends its funds and money the federal government provides through CIAP for conservation measures. Questions have been raised by the commission and others about the actions of the Marine Resources Foundation, which DMR Executive Director Bill Walker also directs.

Friday's meeting happens in the auditorium of the Bolton State Building at 1141 Bayview Ave. in Biloxi.

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