The Jackson County race for sheriff could be getting some unwelcome meddling. As News 25 reported Monday, Interim Sheriff Charles Britt is accusing former Sheriff Mike Byrd of violating his parole by interfering with the race for sheriff. Sheriff candidate, Mike Ezell, is now speaking out about the issue.
Ezell says he was contacted by Britt, claiming Byrd has been calling the sheriff's office asking employees to vote for Britt in November's election. Ezell says he was not aware of the calls, and just wants to run his campaign and focus on the real issues.
Ezell says, “Well you know, these things always surface in politics and what I plan on doing when they come up is to maintain my integrity, which I will. We always take the high road. We’re gonna’ do the right thing, operating under the rule of law, and when you do that, things usually work out for you. We really need to be focusing on the things that are going on in Jackson County, which are crime, we have victims’ rights, things that are going on here that we need to address”
With 30 years of experience in law enforcement, the majority of his career has been in Pascagoula as Chief Detective. Ezell then became Chief of Police in Ocean Springs.