MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis may be trying to slip out of office quietly, but the citizens are raising their voices with concern. Last week, Davis turned in a letter of resignation. Tuesday, the city's board of aldermen rejected it.
"I think Chief Davis has been an asset to us ever since he's been here," said the Reverend Terry Clausell.
And Clausell isn't the only one who feels that way. The positive thoughts about Chief Davis are being echoed by people all over the city.
"He has had a big effect on the community. He's loved," said Robert Cherry.
Latoya Watson Mack agrees.
"I have conversations with the customers and they are very pleased with his work," Mack said. "The crime rate has gone down, from my knowledge, and my friends and family all had positive things to say about him."
"I think that he was doing a great job and I think he has done the best by far for the last few years since previous chiefs have come in and out of Moss Point," Carla Stallworth said.
Thursday, Davis spoke out for the first time about his decision to resign, calling it difficult, but what's "best for the city and myself."
"I am overwhelmed by the support from the community I saw on WLOX," Chief Davis told WLOX News. "The citizens of Moss Point have been great to me. Since day one, my mission has been to sweep drugs and crime off the streets and provide innovated programs aimed at discouraging youth from a violent life of crime. I also wanted to restore public trust something that was missing when I took the job. I decided it would be best everyone to stay out of the media until I can work through the transition of leaving the city. Obviously, this has been a difficult decision, but one that I believe will be best for the city and myself. Thank you, Moss Point, for allowing me serve you over the past three years."
Despite those kind words, a lot of people, including the reverend, are still wondering, "Why?"
"Law enforcement is not an easy job, and I know the money's not there. But just hang with us for a little while and things will change, because you're helping make it change," Clausell said.
City officials aren't disclosing many details surrounding the chief's resignation, but citizens are hoping they will work hard to keep him around.
"I think they should do whatever they need to do to keep him, because it has been better under his supervision and command," said Stallworth.
According to the resignation letter, the chief's last day would be June 27.