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Former USM Football Player Nominated for Hattiesburg Police Chief

HATTIESBURG, Miss.- The city of Hattiesburg, especially mayor Johnny DuPree, is hoping they have found their next chief of police with this latest nomination. DuPree nominated current Crystal Springs Police Chief Anthony L. “Stoney” Parker to be the next Hattiesburg Police Chief.

This is the fourth nominee presented by DuPree to the City Council. The first three were rejected, and DuPree has been held in contempt of court because of it.

Last week, Judge Hillburn gave DuPree until July 10th to put someone in the position, or else he’d have to pay a $150 fine per day until the position was filled.

A 1979 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Parker was a standout football player for the Golden Eagles before going on to a law enforcement career of more than three decades. Parker has 33 years of law enforcement experience, including 28 years with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The nomination is expected to be discussed during a Monday work session of City Council and could be voted on Tuesday.

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