City of Gulfport names Chris Ryle new police chief

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The City of Gulfport has announced that Deputy Chief Chris Ryle has been selected as the next chief of police for the city, succeeding retiring Chief Leonard Papania.

In a statement, Mayor Billy Hewes says “Ryle has faithfully served the City of Gulfport over the past 22 years. He brings a strong work ethic, internal knowledge, professional integrity, and dedication to serving Gulfport’s residents all of which are essential to this role.”

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The ratification for this appointment has been placed on the agenda for the upcoming city council meeting.