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Rusty Pittman Named MDMR Interim Marine Patrol Chief

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has announced today that Marine Patrol Assistant Chief, Lt. Col. Rusty Pittman, has been named Interim Marine Patrol Chief of Enforcement effective May 31, 2013, due to the retirement of Marine Patrol Chief Walter "Tiny" Chataginer.

Pittman, who has more than 23 years of law enforcement experience, has been serving as Assistant Chief of Marine Patrol since January 2006. Prior to that, he served as Supervisor of the West District of the Marine Patrol from November 1999 to December 2005.

Pittman began his employment with the state when he joined the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks/Bureau of Marine Resources in March 1990.
Pittman, who was born in Gulfport, has lived in Hancock County since 1980.

MDMR Executive Director Jamie Miller said, "I have full confidence in Lt. Col. Pittman in leading the Marine Patrol as the search for a new Chief of Enforcement for Marine Patrol begins."

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at www.dmr.ms.gov.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
PHOTO CAPTION: Lt. Col. Rusty Pittman was named Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Interim Marine Patrol Chief of Enforcement effective May 31.

Contact: Lauren Thompson
Phone: 228-523-4053

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