Harrison County

Long Beach names longtime deputy sheriff as assistant police chief

Bruce Carver Jr.
Bruce Carver Jr.

The Long Beach City Council has named a longtime deputy sheriff and administrator as its assistant police chief.

Bruce Carver Jr. has taken the job left vacant by the retirement of Assistant Chief Alan Bond.

Carver, a lifelong Long Beach resident, has been with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department for 23 years.

Police Chief Wayne McDowell has announced he will retire Sept. 30.

Carver’s first day on the job is Oct. 1, the day William “Billy” Seal becomes police chief. Seal had worked with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department since 1994 until he began working with the Long Beach Police Department in 1996.

McDowell said Seal recommended Carver to be his second in command.

Carver’s served as captain of special operations and major in charge of enforcement at the sheriff’s department, and worked in criminal interdiction, marine and beach patrol and prisoner transport.

He is a 1990 graduate of Long Beach High and a 1995 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He also is a graduate of the Harrison County Law Enforcement Academy and the FBI Mississippi Command college.

Carver is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and a member of the Carnival Association of Long Beach and the Knights of Columbus #4989.

He and his wife Denise have been married 21 years. They have two children.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews