The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has selected Major Charles Britt to serve as Interim Sheriff, subject to his appointment on January 6, 2014. Britt was one of four finalists that were selected to interview individually with each supervisor on Thursday. The other three finalists were Louis Miller, Jack R. Walker, Jr., and Michael Whitmore, Sr. Mike Mangum, the Board of Supervisors President, says, “The decision to appoint Britt was made after all of the interviews were completed. Although the others were strong qualified candidates, Britt rated highest overall.” Supervisor Troy Ross stated that, “Not only was it evident that he had a broad awareness of every aspect of law enforcement, he was willing to come into the position with fairness and make appropriate changes.” Ross also says that Britt is highly praised for his integrity by his own peers. Currently, Britt is the Administrative Commander for the Biloxi Police Department. He has worked for the Department for 25 years, also serving as Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, Police Operations Officer, and Patrol Division Commander. From 1982 to 1989, Britt served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army, where he earned several medals of achievement.
His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mountain State University in West Virginia, and he is a graduate of the F.B.I. Academy. Britt says, “I am grateful to the supervisors for giving me the opportunity to serve the residents of Jackson County as Interim Sheriff. I look forward to working with the members of the Sheriff’s Department over the next several months to implement changes that may be necessary and return stability to the office. Once again, I appreciate the supervisors’ commitment to the process of filling the position. They had several viable candidates to select from, and I am honored to have earned their confidence in my abilities.” Once appointed, Britt will serve as Interim Sheriff until a special election is held in November of 2014.