JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Tate Reeves has appointed an interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.
Laura Hipp, the head of marketing and a senior advisor at the agency, will be stepping into the role.
Before working at MDA, Hipp was Reeves’ communications director when he was lieutenant governor.
Former MDA executive director John Rounsaville resigned earlier this month after a state investigation into reports that he sexually harassed and touched three female agency employees at a Biloxi bar.
The story was first reported by the non-profit news organization Mississippi Today.
A Reeves spokesperson said Hipp’s salary will be $180,000 a year, the same as Rounsaville’s.