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D'Iberville man to head Mississippi Highway Patrol

New MHP Director Albert Santa Cruz & MDPS Commissioner Stephen Simpson (Photo source: MDPS) New MHP Director Albert Santa Cruz & MDPS Commissioner Stephen Simpson (Photo source: MDPS)

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -  Governor Haley Barbour has announced Thursday the appointments of Albert Santa Cruz as Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Major Raymond Delk as Acting Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

"I appreciate the commitment made by Santa Cruz and Major Delk in accepting these positions," Governor Barbour said.  "I know both men will continue the proud tradition and exceptional reputation of the Mississippi law enforcement."

"Santa Cruz brings remarkable experience as a law enforcement officer to this position," said Barbour.  "He is a dedicated public servant.  Major Delk's outstanding career with the Bureau of Investigations gives him valuable insight into the needs of this specialized law enforcement division."

Santa Cruz, a native of D'Iberville, serves as Director of Special Events and Planning, which crafts security plans and organizes law enforcement protection for major events as part of the governor's security team.

Santa Cruz began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a trooper in George County and became a Master Sergeant in District Eight, which covers a portion of South Mississippi, in 1986.  10 years later, he was promoted to Captain and served as Commander of Troop K in District 8 for six years.  He then became Director of the Southern Region with Mississippi Bureau of Investigations managing three patrol districts before joining the Governor's security detail in 2005.

"I never thought I'd be leading the Mississippi Highway Patrol, I'm an old road trooper. I want to thank Governor Barbour and Commissioner Simpson for having the trust in me to do this job," said Santa Cruz.

In a meeting with the command staff of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Santa Cruz told commanders he will let them lead their districts.

"The chain of command will be followed. I want to make sure the districts are running right, troop commanders are going to run their troops, said Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz has been trained at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute and several sniper programs across the country. He also served as commander of Highway Patrol's sniper team.

Delk, a Bay Springs resident, began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a trooper in Jasper County.  He became a Master Sergeant in 1995 and began working at the Bureau of Investigation's Meridian District.  He became Lieutenant of the Meridian District eight years later.

Delk was promoted to Captain and managed the Bureau's Central Region in 2007 and earned the rank of Major two years later when he became Deputy Director of the Bureau.

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