Ocean Springs Chief of Police Set to Retire

Ocean Springs Chief of Police, Lionel Cothern, is retiring after 30 years of service with the department and seven years as Chief.

Cothern’s last day on the job is Friday, January 16th. He has played many roles in the department, from detective to administrative captain before becoming Chief in 2007. The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen will appoint an Interim Chief at their next meeting on Tuesday, January 20th while they search for a permanent replacement.

Connie Moran, Mayor of Ocean Springs, says, “First, we advertise in house, within the department or within the entire city. Anybody can apply for the position. There is a testing procedure for police chiefs, in particular we went through this some years ago when Chief Cothern was first selected, but of course he has been here in the City of Ocean Springs for over 30 years, so at that point if the board decides that they would like to go ahead and hire from within, they can go ahead and do that, or if they would like to open it up to the outside after they see who has applied from within, they may also choose to do that.”

As of now, Deputy Chief Mark Dunston is stepping in.

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