HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Troy Peterson doesn't mind breaking a sweat. We found Harrison County's next sheriff behind the wheel of an end loader Tuesday morning, loading up large campaign signs that he plans on using again four years from now. He was already perspiring in the late morning South Mississippi sun.
"I'm just a regular guy," said Peterson, "I'm not changing my phone number or anything. I plan on being accessible to the people."
The newly elected sheriff will takeover at the first of the year. As for his plans and priorities, he first wants to review all the positions to make sure folks are doing their jobs and earning their pay. And while there may be some reorganization, he doesn't expect any major shake up.
As for the jail, he quickly dismissed rumors that he wants to privatize the facility. He wants to restore the work center and resurrect the county farm. He'd like to hire a horticulturist there and allow inmates to help grow vegetables to be used for meals at the jail.
Peterson wants better law enforcement on the streets and plans on having good working relationships with area police chiefs.
After his brief interview, he wiped the sweat off his face with his tee shirt, hopped back on the heavy equipment and got back to work.