As of Wednesday, Keith Davis is still Moss Point's Police Chief. Last week, Davis submitted his letter of resignation, but last night, Moss Point city officials rejected the resignation.
Emotions ran high at Tuesday night's meeting, as city leaders went into executive session to discuss Davis' resignation. Charlie Myles, a resident of Moss Point, says, “We need him, we need his experience, we need what he's doing for the children, we need what's doing for the school system, we need these types of people.”
While there is a lot of speculation, there is no official word on just why Davis resigned last week, but residents at Tuesday night's meeting shared their first hand experiences with Chief Davis and the police force he leads. Bruce Williams shared a story, recalling a time when an officer went the extra mile to help him collect trash along the road. Williams says, “They said, ‘Well, let’s see if we can help you.’ So they went back to their official vehicles, took out gloves and trash bags, and proceeded to help me pick up the trash and debris that was scattered along the street.”
Now that the board has rejected Davis' letter of resignation, the question remains: what will happen to the Police Chief? News 25 asked the Mayor if he will name an Interim Police Chief or if Davis will stay on. The Mayor was not available for comment. While city leaders have been tight lipped about the situation and have so far refused to even discuss protocol in regard to Davis' resignation and its rejection, people out and about seem to stand firm in their opinions about Moss Point's Police Chief.
John McKinney, Owner of Burnham Drugs, says, “My experience with Chief Davis has been positive. I think he's been a positive influence on our city, and if there's any way to keep him here, I'd like to see us try.”