JACKSON COUNTY - Sheriff Mike Byrd has transferred Lt. Curtis Spiers from the commander of the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County to work as an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Spiers was notified Wednesday afternoon, Byrd said.
"Nothing is going on," Byrd said this morning. "He had expressed an interest in working at the federal level. We have agents in the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and ICE and a position was open. I put the best man for the job over there. He'll do well because of his expertise and knowledge in his field."
Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Neal is now acting commander, Byrd said, pending a vote among board members for Spiers' replacement.
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The Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County is comprised of officers from Jackson County, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Moss Point and Pascagoula. The board will vote on a replacement.
The Sun Herald updates this story in Tuesday's edition.