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Harrison County Officials Are Sworn In

In separate ceremonies in Gulfport and Biloxi, Harrison County's elected leaders took their oaths of office. Among them is new Sheriff Melvin Brisolara.  

"I'm excited about it," says Brisolara. "I'm ready to get to work."

Brisolara admits there's plenty of work to do in taking over a department and a correctional facility mired in controversy and scandal.  

"The first issue is the jail," says Brisolara. "We're going to have to resolve the problems in the jail. But what we're going to do in the Sheriffs office is we're going to turn it around.We're going to bring a new era to the law enforcement of Harrison County. We're going to bring professional law enforcement to Harrison County We're going to offer career paths in law enforcement and also in corrections."

Brisolara says the Board of Supervisors will play a big part in his reforms. One of its newest members, District Two Supervisor Kim Savant, agrees that the time to fix the problems is now.  

"Naturally we have a lot of issues with the jail situation," says Savant. "But we feel like we have a really good community Sheriff. He'll talk to us well and we'll let him solve those problems."

For newly elected District One Supervisor Windy Swetman, hurricane recovery remains another top priority.  

"We need to focus on preserving our historic culture that we have here on the Gulf Coast," says Swetman. "Affordable housing, of course, is huge for everyone in south Mississippi, as well as just rebuilding smart."

District 4 Supervisor William Martin, who is beginning his third term, believes that kind of fresh faced enthusiasm is good for Harrison County.  

"It's a learning process," says Martin. "And hopefully these will be some fast learners."  

by Don Culpepper

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