Sheriff Mike Byrd Scheduled to be in Federal Court Tomorrow

Contributor: Sarah Duffey
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Updated: 12/09/2013 8:20 pm
The ink on the plea deal is dry, but Byrd has yet to appear in court before the deal is final. Byrd's reign as sheriff could be coming to an end if Byrd enters his guilty plea in federal court as expected Tuesday. The plea will in fact be a form of resignation. Melton Harris Jr., Jackson County Supervisor of District 2, says, "Well, I think we can't put the cart before the horse. We have to wait and see what's really going to happen, so that is the game plan right now. We will wait until there is an official resignation and we've been notified the sheriff has resigned and we will take action from there." Once the sheriff does resign, it will be up to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to find a temporary replacement. Harris also says, "Once we find out the sheriff has resigned, if he resigns, then of course our board president will send out a notice, press release, informing anyone with any interest to apply for the position to give them time and restrictions and things of that sort." Board President Mike Mangum is not convinced the opening is a sure thing, and that tomorrow's hearing could be postponed. Mangum says, "Well, we haven't decided that yet because there's not an opening at this time. He hasn’t done anything to lead us to do anything at this time. When he does, then we will do something."

Supervisor Harris assures the people of Jackson County that law and order will continue as planned if the sheriff resigns. Harris also says, "Our Sheriff's Department has capable individuals there and so they will continue to operate if that happens. For the time frame, the board can appoint a per diem sheriff. We'll maintain law and order.” Harris says it will be the decision of the five supervisors on who will become the next sheriff. Byrd will be back in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday for a status conference regarding his 31 indictments by the State of Mississippi.

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