MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - People are protesting in the streets of Moss Point right now. This is after Mayor Billy Broomfield vetoed the board of aldermen's decision on who should be the city's new police chief.
As we first told you in a WLOX breaking news email Tuesday night, the board voted 4-3 to appoint Calvin Hutchins as chief of police.
Broomfield says he wants citizens to know his veto is based purely on who will bring Moss Point to the next level.
"The candidate that they chose, in my opinion, does not have the administrative experience, the training and the certification that is required for the position. That is why I vetoed it," said Broomfield.
Hutchins is currently the sergeant over the Pascagoula Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division. Deputy Chief Art McClung, who was also a candidate for the job, will continue to run the department until a decision is made on a new chief.
A board meeting will be held Sept. 2. The aldermen will then have the chance to override or uphold Broomfield's veto.
We will keep you updated as this story continues to develop on WLOX News and WLOX.com.