Moss Point Police Chief Resigns
Art McClung makes the decision to officially resign as Moss Point police Chief. The decision comes after the board of aldermen gave him one week to either resign or be officially terminated.
News 25’s Kendra Turley caught up with Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield to discuss the next steps for the police department.
One week: that’s the amount of time the Moss Point Board of Aldermen gave Art McClung to come to a decision on how to end his time as police chief. Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield said, “The board gave him an option to either resign or be fired.”
McClung made the decision to leave on his own terms and resign as police chief. McClung said in his resignation letter: “I am resigning from my position with Moss Point Police Department effective immediately. Making this decision has been difficult as I have enjoyed working with you and my colleagues. Thank you for the opportunities for professional development and personal growth that you have afforded me the last four years. I wish you, the department and the city well in your future endeavors. Sincerely, Art McClung.”
His resignation comes after a city investigation regarding a traffic stop in late July. Dash-cam video surfaced of Pascagoula police pulling McClung over for allegedly driving over 100 miles per hour while intoxicated. “I’ve accepted his resignation that’s been read here tonight and I’m sure he will turn the next chapter in his life and I wish him well,” said Mayor Broomfield.
McClung joined the Moss Point Police Department in November 2012. He’s been suspended without pay ever since the city started the investigation into the July 29th traffic stop. “I just say it’s an unfortunate situation for all involved, but those things happen. We’ll get through this and I’m sure Mr. McClung will move on and the city will move and continue to grow,” said Mayor Broomfield.
Deputy Chief Brandon Ashley will continue to serve as the interim chief until the police chief position is filled. The mayor hopes to fill the position within the next month.