The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Thursday that Marine Patrol Chief Walter "Tiny" Chataginer is retiring May 31, taking with him more than 34 years of law enforcement experience.
DMR said Chataginer started his career in September 1979 with the Biloxi Police Department. In 1988, he joined the Bureau of Marine Resources, which was under the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. In 1994, the BMR became the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and in 1999, law enforcement duties from BMR were handed over to DMR, which became the present day marine patrol.
"I am grateful to Chief Chataginer for his dedicated service to the people of South Mississippi throughout his law enforcement career," DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller. "He has been a valuable asset to the DMR for many years and has been tremendously helpful to me during the short time I've been here. I wish him the best in his retirement."