Former sheriff, Mike Byrd, resigned last week after pleading guilty to federal charges and taking a plea bargain. The search for a new sheriff is underway. The Jackson County Board of Supervisors didn't have a choice but to accept the resignation. It's the law. Today, they acknowledged Mike Byrd’s resignation for record. The Board of Supervisors President, Mike Mangum, says, "We don't accept the resignation. He has resigned, so we are just reflecting it on our minutes for the official record." Major interest has been shown for the office, and starting Monday, the board officially started accepting applications for the position of Interim Sheriff. Melton Harris, a supervisor, says, "We have had letters or heard interest from 12 to 15 different people, but the deadline will be the 20th, so who knows there might be more." The board is moving quickly on the position. Supervisors have set this Friday as the deadline to receive applications for the position.
Mangum also says, "Once we get those resumes figured out, we will probably appoint someone to the position at the January 6th meeting." The candidate must have previously served as sheriff, had at least five years of experience as a full time law enforcement officer, and must have completed law enforcement academy training with Mississippi law enforcement or at the Police Academy in Jackson. Whoever is selected, he or she will hold the title of sheriff for almost a year, until a special election can be held. Harris also says, "The election will be held November of 2014 on the first Tuesday after the first Monday, which will be November the 4th, 2014 is when this special election will be held." We could know who the candidates are for the job by Friday afternoon.