Hutchins one step closer to becoming police chief

Hutchins one step closer to becoming police chief

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point is one step closer to solidifying it's next top cop, who hopes the second time around is the charm.

"I'm ready to work for Moss Point," Calvin Hutchins said.

Wednesday, Hutchins formally met with the current leaders of the police department and Mayor Billy Broomfield - the same man who vetoed Hutchins' appointment back in 2014.

"To me it's like water under the bridge. You [have to] really let bygones be bygones, and that's the way I feel. Our main thing, my main focus, is to move Moss Point forward," Hutchins said.

During that meeting, the officials talked expectations of the position, salary, benefits and start dates. The Moss Point native says he's ready to hit the ground running in his new role on March 27.

A veteran police officer with more than 20 years of experience, Hutchins is focused on building up his hometown.

"I want to see what we've got, inventory, evidence room, things of that nature. I want to make sure that all of those things are in place, that nothing catches me by surprise," Hutchins said.

Broomfield still has the ability to veto the appointment until March 21st. Once a new board is elected this summer, they can choose to terminate Hutchins as well.

"I applied for the right reasons, I applied because I wanted to make a difference. I feel if I'm effective at what I'm doing, I'm not fearful or intimidated by the next board," Hutchins said.

Hutchins says he's still working with human resources to determine a salary and benefits package. Additionally, he will continue to serve as a constable part-time.

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