DMR hires Joe Spraggins, Bill Feidt

SUN HERALDOctober 2, 2013 

BILOXI -- The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has hired a chief financial officer and a chief operations officer, an agency news release said Wednesday.

Bill Feidt, 42, of Pascagoula, will be the agency's CFO, and retired Brig. Gen. Joe Spraggins, 60, will serve as COO. Spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said job titles have changed, but both men filled staff vacancies.

Scallan said Feidt took what had been the deputy director job held briefly by Danny Guice, who then served as interim director after Bill Walker was fired in January amid allegations of mismanagement.

Scallan said Spraggins is filling an open position, but not any specific one. The position, she said, is equivalent to a bureau director.

Feidt will be paid $69,846.82 a year, she said, and Spraggins will be paid $57,593.08. Both men will start work Tuesday.

Feidt holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He has worked as director of finance and planning at WorldCom Inc. and Skytel Corp.

He was most recently vice president of Strategic and Tactical Support Inc., which provides financial support to businesses.

Spraggins is best known to Coast residents as director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency during and after Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, he ran for Gulfport mayor.

He graduated from Troy University with a bachelor's degree in resource management. He served 34 years in the military, retiring from the Air National Guard as a brigadier general. He had served as commander of the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport

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