Reeves appoints Laura Hipp as interim director of Mississippi Development Authority


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Tuesday, Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) announced he appointed Laura Hipp as the interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).

This comes after former director John Rounsaville resigned earlier this month after a state investigation into reports he sexually harassed and touched three subordinate female MDA employees at a Biloxi bar during a business conference in July.

Rounsaville had been executive director of the agency since January. He was interim director before that, starting in May 2020.

Hipp has served as chief marketing officer for MDA since the governor took office. Before working at MDA, she was Reeves’ communications director when he was lieutenant governor.

“My confidence in her to execute my vision will lead to economic growth & continue Mississippi’s momentum,” said Reeves on Twitter.

Hipp’s salary will be $180,000 a year, the same as Rounsaville’s, Reeves spokesperson Bailey Martin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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