Veteran law enforcement officer James I. Luke has been named interim police chief in Picayune. Picayune City Manager J.P. Burns Jr. announced Tuesday that Luke will begin work on Oct. 1 and will report to Picayune Police Chief Brenda Smith. Smith has announced her retirement from the police department for early 2003.
City officials said Luke has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and management, most recently as chief of campus police for the Picayune School District, where he has worked since 1994. Luke worked for Mason Technology Inc., Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant as assistant chief and chief from 1981-94.