Big news announced Thursday at the Biloxi Visitors Center: former Moss Point Police Chief, Keith Davis, was declared the new Chief of Marine Patrol for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (M.D.M.R.).
The announcement comes one day before his last official day as Moss Point's Police Chief. Davis says, "I've been blessed with a skill set that I plan to bring to the Marine Patrol and just improve the quality of life for our recreational and commercial fishermen."
In his new post, Davis will be in charge of dozens of M.D.M.R. officers who enforce boating and fishing policies on Coast waters. When Davis turned in his resignation as Moss Point's top law enforcement officer on June 17th, he said it was for personal reasons and to also pursue other job opportunities.
His decision evoked much controversy and prompted many Moss Point residents to speak out in support of him. Davis tells News 25 he is looking forward to the future instead of dwelling on the past. Davis also says, "Well, the police department is in good shape. There has been a lot of hard work that went into the police department, so I feel that the police department is in good hands."
The announcement is, of course, big news for both Davis and the M.D.M.R. News 25 spoke to Moss Point Mayor, Billy Broomfield, who declined to make a statement at this time, saying that Davis' resignation is not official until Friday, June 27th, and at that point, a statement can be made. The Moss Point Board of Aldermen rejected Davis' resignation, hoping they could keep him as the city's police chief.
Thursday's announcement sent the city back to square one as they continue to search for a new police chief. Davis on the other hand, is already making plans for his new position. He says, "We are committed to providing a safer, more pleasurable experience on the water ways in the State of Mississippi." Davis has 21 years of experience in law enforcement.