After a heated Moss Point board meeting Tuesday night, officials rejected Police Chief, Keith Davis', letter of resignation. Moss Point residents were vocal in their support for Davis and what he's done for the City of Moss Point. Moss Point residents say Chief Davis has earned the respect of the town he serves.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, residents gathered to voice their support for Davis and their hope that he remains Police Chief. Charlie Myles, a concerned Moss Point resident, says, “The best thing that ever happened to our city in the past 10, 11 years is the policeman over there: Chief Keith.” Locals passionately shared stories about the impact Chief Davis has made in their neighborhoods, many addressing a rumor circulating throughout the community that Mayor Broomfield may have pressured Chief Davis to resign.
These rumors started while Broomfield was running for Mayor and now residents are asking if their elected officials are acting in their best interest. Amanda Lett, another concerned resident of Moss Point, says, “It’s time for them to be moved on. We can't stand to wait until another election. As Mr. Myles said, we need to start thinking about holding them accountable and start moving them out of these seats.” While many Moss Point residents are glad the board rejected Davis' letter of resignation, one alderman says they don't know what makes this resignation so different from others.
Shirley Chambers of the Moss Point Board of Aldermen, Ward 4, says, “If you don't want for a place, you have a right to not work. Why are you making a person stay somewhere they don't want to stay?” Though she voted with the board in the end, alderwoman Chambers says Moss Point has seen many resignations over the years, and this one is no different than others.
Mayor Broomfield says he's been left in the dark about the entire resignation. He says, “He said to me what I read to you when he came into my office and put this down, and I shook his hand and wished him well wherever he was headed because I didn't know where he was headed and I didn't know what prompted him to turn in his resignation, because we hadn't had that discussion.”