Moss Point Residents Surprised By Police Chief Rick's Resignation

"He was making officers stay on the street, but that's what their job is," Beautician Joann Fagan says as she works on a clients hair.

It's the talk of the town.

Moss Point police chief Michael Ricks resigned but nobody saying why.

"I really don't know but I hope Moss Point can survive the things that are going on," Fagan says.

Fagan is worried the city is going through too many changes from new city leaders to Hurricane Katrina.

Now a new police chief.

"Right after the aftermath of Katrina, we need all of the law enforcement we can get," Fagan adds.

Bascom Stewart says Ricks was doing a good job.

"I thought that there's been some improvement in the protection that the city's gotten since he's been in office," Stewart says.

"He's hired a lot of people. He's worked with them," Moss Point resident Hermon Smith says.

Smith says Ricks will be missed.

"I thought he was going to be here forever. Now he's gone and I don't know why," Smith adds.

Mayor Xavier Bishop says he too doesn't know why Ricks resigned.

"There were no specific reason given in the letter," Bishop says.

But Bishop says, as far as public safety, no one should be concerned.

"If anything I expect patrols to pickup. I'm hoping there will be less turnover in the department as a result of the stability that I expect deputy chief Drakeford to bring," Bishop adds.

Hopefully that stability is something Moss Point residents will soon talk about.