Harrison County

Biloxi will salute its longest-serving officer


A retirement party is planned for Friday to salute Biloxi Assistant Police Chief Rodney McGilvary as he retires after 40 years on the job.

All are invited to join city officials at the send-off, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave.

McGilvary, 62, is Biloxi's longest-serving police officer. He started on the force in July 1976 as a patrolman and advanced to sergeant in May 1982, lieutenant in June 1982, inspector in August 1984 and major in November 1996. He was appointed assistant chief of police in 2001.

"McGilvary has always been very dedicated and timely," Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. "If you gave him a task, he would complete it. He always reported to work early and left late."

McGilvary's passion for law enforcement began as a child and the attraction grew as he entered adulthood.

"I have always had a strong place for service," he said. "I was with the reserves for three years prior to becoming a sworn officer and from there, I knew that was my niche."

He also volunteered for 25 years with the Mississippi Special Olympics, were he served as the director of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run and as a board member.

"Chief McGilvary has an unwavering commitment to integrity and public service, and a love for all things Biloxi," Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said. "The city and all of its residents owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his lifetime of service and dedication."