Deputy chief tapped as interim Moss Point police chief

csteube@sunherald.comJuly 1, 2014 

MOSS POINT -- The Board of Aldermen appointed Deputy Chief Art McClung to be interim police chief Tuesday night.

The search for a permanent chief will continue. The board voted to advertise externally for the position.

"I hope we find the next Keith Davis to finish the job we started," Alderman Chuck Redmond said.

Alderman Wayne Lennep said the city plans to do a thorough search to fill Davis' shoes.

Davis resigned June 12 and his last day with Moss Point was June 27. He is now chief of the state Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol.

Resident Charlie Myles spoke at the meeting, and suggested the mayor and board move forward by leaving the department heads to do the jobs they were hired to do. He said officials were elected to protect their city, and he feels they have failed to do that with the resignation of Davis.

Myles said everyone is there to do a job, regardless of whether they like the person they're working with.

"It's time for the city to stop all this personal stuff," he said.

He also suggested the board look outside the city for a new chief, so there is no favoritism and that chief be involved in the community as Davis was.

In other business, the board approved the development of an advisory committee for the community development department. Members of the committee have yet to be selected.

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