MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis is finally opening up about the reason he is leaving the department. That reason: Mayor Billy Broomfield. Davis said he can't see eye-to-eye with the Broomfield and feels it is time for him to move on.
"I am not happy about leaving," said Davis.
Davis said when he accepted the job as the Moss Point Police Chief three years ago, he had a plan to restore the public's trust in the police department, make the area drug free and create a safer environment for families to live, work and play in every day.
"Although I think that we achieved that, there is still more work to be done. Three years is hard to walk away from, especially when you know the job is not finished," said Davis.
Davis said he had to walk away from the job because he had enough of working for Broomfield.
"The relationship between the mayor and I had been deteriorating," said Davis.
He wouldn't say if he was forced out, nor would he point to one major disagreement that led to his resignation. Davis does claim the mayor made it extremely difficult for him to do his job.
"There is a certain standard I set for myself and for the police department, and as a result, between the relationship between me and the mayor, I don't feel like that standard was as effective as it has been over the three years," said Davis.
WLOX News called Broomfield and asked him to give his reaction to the Davis' comments and the resignation. Broomfield chose not to comment, saying it was a personnel matter.
"I have not spoke to the mayor since the resignation, but I hold no ill feelings for the mayor and I hope we can move on from this," Davis said.
As for Davis' next move, he could not exactly say.
"There are some opportunities there for me. I am a finalist for a state agency in, and I prefer not to name that agency," said Davis.
While Davis was hush about his future, he admits it is tough leaving behind his dedicated police team and the great citizens of Moss Point.
"I want the people to know, especially those who have reached out and shown their support, I say thank you. No, certainly it is not an easy decision to leave," said Davis.