MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The search will soon be on for a new police chief in Moss Point. This comes after the board of aldermen voted to uphold the mayor's veto that would have hired Calvin Hutchins for the job. Board members say they have a couple of options to help fill the position. Those include appointing someone or re-advertising the job.
Moss Point is again without a permanent police chief to lead the troubled department. Resident Shaun Webster said that worries her.
"My thing would be the safety, because everything is so unstable right now. They need stability," Webster said.
Webster's concern comes one day after the board of aldermen came one vote short of overriding Mayor Billy Broomfield's veto of Calvin Hutchins as the new police chief. The 20 year veteran was expected to replace Keith Davis, who resigned this summer because he couldn't see eye-to-eye with the mayor.
"I really don't like it. Calvin is the better man, a better person and a God filled man to do the job for Moss Point. I hate what they are doing to him," Katherine Taylor said.
Although those who live, work and play in the city don't vote on a new police chief, they didn't hold back their opinions about how the board should proceed with finding a new chief.
"I think the board of aldermen should reconsider Hutchins for the job and give Hutchins a chance. Let him show them that he is the better man and he is experienced to be the chief of Moss Point," Taylor said.
Resident Otis McCoroy said if that plan doesn't work, city leaders should consider re-advertising the position to attract a larger pool of qualified candidates.
"I think it would help tremendously to start the whole process over again and have more people to select from," said McCoroy.
Several other residents said they just want to see the mayor and board put aside differences. That will help them pick someone who has a heart for the community and the citizens and can boost morale at the police department.
"Yes, somebody that cares. Somebody that is genuine and someone that has the best interest at heart instead of all the bickering back and forth," Webster said.