Moss Point Police Chief Calvin Hutchins has been named chief of law enforcement for the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.
Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday night.
Hutchins is leaving the police department at a time that the number of shootings have raised concerns of city officials and residents and prompted officials to impose a curfew for ages 18 and younger.
“I’m looking forward to working with a great team,” Hutchins said.
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Hutchins, a pastor and veteran law enforcement officer, has led law enforcement in his hometown of Moss Point since March 2017. His last day is Feb. 9.
Mayor Mario King announced Hutchins’ plan to retire to seek “a better job opportunity” on Jan. 26.
Police Capt. Brandon Ashley will assume administrative duties until further notice.
Hutchins is pastor of New Generation Christian Fellowship Church in Pascagoula.
He joined the Moss Point Police Department after nearly 20 years with the Pascagoula Police Department, where he worked his way up the ranks.
“I tried to hire him back, but he found a better opportunity,” Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson said.
Johnson said Hutchins will be an asset to the school district.