Charles Britt of Biloxi Police was appointed by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. It's a new year and a new beginning for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Up to now, Charles Britt has been a Chief Investigator for Biloxi Police. His only experience with the Sheriff Department to date has been two years of volunteer patrol in his own neighborhood. On January 6th, Charles Britt will begin his new career as Interim Sheriff. Britt says, "Just seemed like the right time, the right place, and a great opportunity for me." Britt has been tapped to fulfill the Jackson County Interim Sheriff position, and he knows that coming into Mike Byrd's old position will be no easy task. Britt also says, "Here we go. Sometimes you get what you ask for. It's going to be a very challenging, but rewarding opportunity and I’m looking forward to it." The people of Jackson County have high hopes for the Interim Sheriff. Clarence Crear, a resident of Jackson County, says, "For the future of the Sheriff’s Department, we're looking forward to having a better year." Kim Flynn, another resident of Jackson County, says, "That we get a well-qualified person that will keep us safe and keep us going in the right direction." Britt says his game plan to satisfy the citizens is simple. He says, "We're just going to bring the community back in the fold, be a transparent agency, let them know what's going on. The trust will come back."
Chuck Squires, a resident of Jackson County, says, "I hope he turns out to be as good as Mike Byrd was. I know Byrd had his past." Flynn also says, "I think they probably want to get someone that they didn't think was going to win the Sheriff’s position in November." Chosen from a list of 22 qualified candidates, Charles Britt has been with Biloxi Police for over 25 years and hopes to translate that experience to his new role as Interim Sheriff. Britt says, "My long term plan is to evaluate the Sheriff’s Department, at least be able to list what the issues are, and have a long term goal for myself, or for the next guy, what needs to be fixed and at least a plan of action how to get there." Now, even though Britt did not say he plans to run for the elected post come November, it's more than clear that he has long-term plans for the Jackson County Sheriff's position.