Harrison County

Long Beach names new police chief

Long Beach police commander Billy Seal will become the city's new police chief on Oct. 1, 2017.
Long Beach police commander Billy Seal will become the city's new police chief on Oct. 1, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

William “Billy” Seal, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, will assume duties as Long Beach police chief on Oct. 1.

Current chief Wayne McDowell is retiring.

Seal began his career in 1994 with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and transferred to Long Beach in March 1996.

He has been a patrolman, K-9 officer, school resource officer, patrol sergeant, lieutenant over training and standards, patrol commander and internal affairs.

Seal has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and gradated from Northwestern University’s school of police staff and command.

He is a long-time Long Beach resident.

Seal and his wife, Leigh, have three children and he is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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