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Moss Point residents hopeful about next police chief

Mayor Billy Broomfield plans to make his recommendation on how to proceed with the search for a new police chief at Tuesday night's meeting. (Photo source: WLOX) Mayor Billy Broomfield plans to make his recommendation on how to proceed with the search for a new police chief at Tuesday night's meeting. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

The City of Moss Point must now find a new police chief. Former chief Keith Davis served his last day on Friday. Davis said he resigned because he couldn't see eye to eye with the city's mayor. Citizens and community leaders spoke with Patrice Clark about the qualities they want in the new leader.

"This is where we live."

Many residents said former police chief Keith Davis did a great job helping keep their area safe. They hope Mayor Billy Broomfield and the Board of Aldermen will select another law enforcement leader that will continue the progress of improving public safety. 

"Be real professional with his duties, try to coordinate with his workers, and set a good example," said Harris.

Being transparent about the crimes that happen around town is also vital to many residents, including Dennis. 

"One thing we have a problem with is the lack of reporting the different crimes in this area. We are not a crime ridden place, but we are like any other place in Mississippi in that we have crime and it should be reported," said Dennis. "This would help gain the trust of the community, because we can see where the chief is actually engaging his assets to stop these crimes."  

Treat people fairly regardless of their ethnic and socioeconomic differences is also key to those who live and work in Moss Point.

"I want him to be honest and good to everybody. Also, see what everybody is doing and get everybody on the same basis," a resident said.

NAACP's Curley Clark couldn't agree more. For years, his organization has worked closely with Moss Point Police to ensure equality for all. 

"We would hope that the new chief would take on the position that they want to partner with the community, because I think that it is important that you have public trust and more crimes can be solved in a more expeditious manner," Clark said.

Residents said if the next chief has all these key qualities, it will be win-win for the city and citizens of Moss Point.

Mayor Billy Broomfield plans to make his recommendation on how to proceed with the search for a new chief at Tuesday night's meeting. Deputy Chief Art McClung is the acting chief until someone is selected on a permanent basis.

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