MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis is leaving the department he's headed for the last three years. Davis told WLOX News he submitted his resignation Thursday morning, but he's not saying much else.
Moss Point Alderman Wayne Lennep said the chief's resignation has not yet been approved or accepted by the Board of Aldermen, but it will be discussed during Tuesday's board meeting.
Chief Davis said he wouldn't talk publicly about his decision to leave until the resignation is officially accepted by city leaders. According to the letter, his last day on the job will be June 27, 2014.
One officer who didn't want to be identified told WLOX he was "blindsided" by the news, and that the department is in shock.
Davis has 20 years of law enforcement experience. Before becoming the chief in Moss Point in May 2011, he was a captain with the D'iberville Police Department. He began his law enforcement career with the Gulfport Police Department in 1993. After leaving Gulfport, he headed up the law enforcement division at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's main campus in Perkinston.
When Davis was hired in Moss Point, he replaced Sheila Smallman who was fired by city leaders. Davis was hired to take the Moss Point police department in a different direction. He was asked to make Moss Point streets safer, and reduce the friction inside the department.
One of Davis' initiatives led to the creation of the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team. That group was formed when Moss Point, Pascagoula and Gautier left the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force. MET officers took on drug dealers and investigated a variety of weapons cases.
His work for the city was held in high regard by many in the community.
"I think Chief Davis made a positive impact during his tenure," said Curly Clark, President of the Jackson County NAACP. "I think the citizens of Moss Point are to miss Chief Davis because he did a good job while he was in office. We wish him well."
In recent days, Chief Davis worked closely with community leaders to raise money for tornado victims in Louisville.