After the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, (M.D.M.R.) was rocked by arrests of top employees earlier this year, Executive Director, Jamie Miller, has been left to pick up the pieces. Now the Mississippi legislature is looking to help Miller restructure his staff by giving him six months of free reign. Usually, a personnel board oversees the hiring and firing at the M.D.M.R., but with the extenuating circumstances, Miller needs to quickly reorganize his staff.
Senator Brice Wiggins, (R) District 52, says, "After hearing from D.M.R. employees, after speaking with Representative Baria, and the points that he made, we understand where those employees are coming from and what's there. So we reduced it down to six months, and I told Director Miller, and he agrees. I said if he can't do it in six months, this is what the law is." The bill sets requirements for certain chief positions within the M.D.M.R. and divides the agency into five offices. Wiggins, who authored the bill, says it will also require audits of all M.D.M.R. accounts each year.