Eddie Stewart has been named Pascagoula Police Chief.
City leaders appointed Stewart to the job Friday. He had been serving as interim chief since Mike Whitemore retired.
Stewart is a lifelong Jackson County resident with 30 years of law enforcement experience. He has been with the Pascagoula Police Department for 15 years.
City Manager Kay Kell told WLOX News Stewart's leadership abilities and respect of those in the department earned him the post.
Stewart told WLOX News Saturday his first order of business is to work to fill the six officer vacancies in the department and to make sure Pascagoula is competetive with other cities.
Stewart began his law enforcement career as a Pascagoula police officer and advanced through the ranks over the years to captain.