The Moss Point Board of Aldermen has approved a new police chief to replace Art McClung, who resigned in 2016 after he was stopped by police in Pascagoula.
Pascagoula police Lt. Calvin Hutchins was confirmed Tuesday night by a 6-1 vote.
Aldermen had voted him in as police chief in 2014 during a search to replace Keith Davis, who took a job with the state Department of Marine Resources. However, Mayor Billy Broomfield vetoed the board’s 4-3 vote and Hutchins never served a day as chief.
But now Hutchins will serve Moss Point as its top cop. A city official confirmed Wednesday the board voted to hire him.
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McClung resigned in the fall after he admitted to Pascagoula police who pulled him for speeding that he had been drinking.
Deputy Chief Brandon Ashley has been serving as interim chief, but he did not apply for the full-time position. He said he did not want to apply because of “political uncertainty” with the upcoming city elections.
“I want to continue my career in Moss Point,” he told the Sun Herald in January. “I live in Moss Point. I feel comfortable with (being) deputy chief. I don’t want to throw myself out there not knowing what’s going to happen in six months.”
Bloomfield could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
Police Chief Calvin Hutchins
- Moss Point High School graduate; joined police youth patrol at age 15
- Moss Point officer from 1994 to 1998; earned the Officer of the Year Award
- Joined Pascagoula Police Department in 1998, where he moved through the ranks and served in divisions including traffic, warrants, patrol, special operations and his current department, investigations