WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Waveland has a new police chief. Assistant Chief Michael Prendergast is taking over for former chief David Allen.
“I’m still a cop. I welcome it,” David Allen said, discussing Mayor Mike Smith’s decision this week to make a change at the Waveland Police Department.
Allen found out Tuesday about the mayor’s new vision for Waveland police. Mike Prendergast would become chief, Allen would shift to a role as chief investigator and cyber crime analyst.
On Wednesday night, a majority of the Waveland Board of Aldermen voted for Prendergast to become the city’s new police chief, moving Allen to a new position inside the department. His new role allows Allen “to focus on things I like doing, internet scams and keeping kids safe.”
Allen said he was ready to pack up his office and relocate to a new area of the police department. But, Chief Prendergast said don’t bother. The new chief told Allen he likes the set up of his current office, so moving doesn’t make sense.
David Allen became police chief in 2013.
Allen congratulated Chief Prendergast on his new position, writing on Facebook. “I’m confident that the PD will continue moving forward under his guidance.”
Prendergast said his top priority as chief is to build stronger relationships with residents.
“We can set up programs with the youth and the community like the neighborhood watch program,” he said. "I want the officers to know our community better, we need them to help us because we can’t do it on our own.”