MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen in Moss Point is expected to pick a new chief of police. Former Chief Keith Davis resigned two months ago, because he said he couldn't see eye-to-eye with Mayor Billy Broomfield.
As of now, at least two candidates are being considered for the position.
The first is Art McClung, who served as deputy chief under Keith Davis, and was recently appointed the interim chief by the board.
The other candidate is Moss Point native Calvin Hutchins. He currently serves as a Pascagoula Police Sgt. for the Investigative Division.
Residents we spoke with said they are trusting the board to make the best decision when selecting the city's top cop.
"We don't get a vote this time, and we have to depend on the board to select the best candidate. We want someone with consistency and stability that is going to stay in the City of Moss Point and help us move forward and grow," said Charlotte Bardwell.
"I hope that the board takes a long hard look at what has happened in the past in the position of the police chief. The turnover there has happened for a reason, and the main reason is that the people that are selected are not vested in what is best for our community," said Sharon Smith. "I want them to consider someone who will remain here because they love the City of Moss Point."
Some citizens have already begun a petition to appoint Hutchins and say they plan to present the signatures at Tuesday's board meeting. The board meeting will be held at Moss Point City Hall at 6 p.m.