Moss Point Aldermen uphold mayor's veto to reject new police chief appointment

Moss Point police cars. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Moss Point police cars. (Photo source: WLOX News)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Mayor Billy Broomfield's veto of Calvin Hutchins as the new head law enforcer will stand for now.  Despite the public outcry, there were not enough votes from the board of aldermen to override the veto. Many citizens are disappointed about the vote.

Twenty-year law enforcer Calvin Hutchins was surrounded by a crowd of supporters when he learned he wouldn't be heading the Moss Point police department for now.

The board of aldermen came up one vote short in order to override Mayor Billy Broomfield's recent veto.

"It is just really sad to see the expression on the young and elderly. It is really sad," a resident said about the vote.

The mayor has said he rejected Hutchins appointment as police chief because he felt he didn't have all the qualifications needed to do the job. Hutchins said that was a shocker.

"I never worked for him and he doesn't know what I am capable of doing, but I do know. I know how to do my job and do it very well," Hutchins said.

The Moss Point native also admitted Tuesday's vote was a letdown.

"You want full support of all the members, not just half the members because if you have a divided house it won't stand," Hutchins said.

The aldermen, who did favor Hutchins expressed their disappointment to him about the decision.

"I think the board failed by not responding to what the people loudly said they wanted," Alderman Wayne Lennep said.

Upset residents who attended the meeting couldn't agree more. Many of them had even held protest and started a petition hoping to persuade the aldermen to keep Hutchins.

"We have had over 600 sign a petition. We had numerous Facebook contacts. We have activated the citizens of Moss Point. They are aware of our government and the wool has been removed from their eyes," resident Sharon Smith said.

"The three that voted against Calvin Hutchins are wrong and they need to learn that Calvin is the guy we need," resident Dobbs Denis said.

The mayor said the vote was the best thing for the city, citizens and the police department and it's time to move forward.

"It is nothing personal. I just want the people of Moss Point to understand that I am not going to satisfy everybody in this city, but I am going to certainly do the best job that I can for the city of Moss Point," Mayor Broomfield said.

Art McClung will remain interim chief of the Moss Point police department. The board of aldermen can appointment a new chief or advertise for the top police position again. No meeting date has been set at this time to discuss the next move.

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