Moss Point names Brandon Ashley as new police chief

Brandon Ashley smiles as he's congratulated after being voted in as police chief. (Photo Source: WLOX)
Brandon Ashley smiles as he's congratulated after being voted in as police chief. (Photo Source: WLOX)
A Moss Point Police Department cruiser sits outside City Hall. (Photo Source: WLOX)
A Moss Point Police Department cruiser sits outside City Hall. (Photo Source: WLOX)

Leaders in Moss Point voted to appoint Brandon Ashley as the city's new police chief.

Cheers erupted as the announcement was made following a vote by the Board of Aldermen.

"I'm grateful," Ashley said. I'm humbled that the department come out here to support me. They came on their own."

"I think this means that we're moving forward. We're working hard to get rid of any crime that we have, but most of all, let the community know that we're here to protect them," added Moss Point Mayor Mario King.

Mayor King has been rooting for Ashley. In the past, the vote to appoint Ashley failed. This week, the vote was met with approval.

"It's good to have a home grown person, a home grown hero in place now," King said.

The win didn't come without some questions. Some members of the Board of Aldermen disagreed with the vote, asking about other candidates. Ultimately, Ashley was selected.

"I've dedicated my life to the City of Moss Point. I live in the city, so I have the upmost compassion to bring the best public safety and the best trained officers I can provide for the citizens and city of Moss Point," Ashley said.

Also on the agenda was the offer of civil service protection to the police chief and fire chief. Last week it failed. This week, it passed.

"We may disagree on some topics. We came together on this one," said King.

"I think there's a very diverse work group," he added. "I'm excited about it, I'm proud about it and I'm looking forward to working with everyone and continuously having that good working relationship."

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