Supervisors ready if Byrd must resign as sheriff

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - When the Jackson County Board of Supervisors met Monday, its members laid out a tentative plan for how to fill the sheriff's post if Mike Byrd submits his resignation.

Byrd is expected in federal court in Mobile on December 10, when he's expected to plead guilty to witness tampering. Once admitting guilt to a felony, Byrd would have to resign from office.

Because that resignation is expected, supervisors spent part of Monday discussing the time frame of what must be done to appoint an interim sheriff.   Supervisor John McKay told WLOX News the position will be filled within 30 days of Byrd's resignation.  Until that happens, supervisors will not accept any resumes.  "The board would take resumes immediately after the resignation, not before," McKay said.  "Then we will go through them for the most qualified and the board will interview the top three or four."

Exactly when Byrd may resign is unclear.  Byrd's attorney Joe Sam Owen told WLOX News, "There's no plan in place. We have to wait and see how the case in Alabama concludes."

What we've been told is an interim sheriff named by Jackson County supervisors would serve until the next county-wide election scheduled for 2015.

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