SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Southaven, Mississippi officially has a new police chief. Former DeSoto County Sheriff Chief Deputy Macon Moore was sworn in Wednesday morning.
Once the official swearing-in ceremony was over, newly appointed Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore got emotional talking to reporters about his law enforcement career, his family, and new position.
“It’s very difficult, excuse me, it’s very difficult to be married to a first responder,” said Chief Moore. “We miss a lot of holidays. We miss a lot of birthdays. But it’s what we chose to do.”
The tears were contagious. DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco shed a few talking about Moore, and how much he’ll be missed in the county.
“He’s done a great job for us. And I know he’ll do a great job for Southaven,” said Sheriff Rasco.
Chief Moore has worked in law enforcement in Mississippi for 30 years. He started in Greenville in 1989, then worked at Southaven Police. He’s worked at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department as Chief Deputy for nearly 10 years. Now he’s back at Southaven PD as Chief.
“This is the end of the road for me. This is where I’ll retire. And for me, that’s a bittersweet thing,” said Chief Moore.
Moore says first on his agenda as Chief is getting to know his officers and staff. He plans to meet with everybody soon, and he hopes to build solid relationships with them and the community.
“I live here. My children go to school here. My wife works here. I go to church here. This is my city,” said Chief Moore.
Southaven mayor Darren Musselwhite says there were more than 20 applicants for the Chief position, locally and from across the country. Musselwhite says Moore will be the best fit and stands above the rest.
“His proven track record of being able to unify departments. And be progressive minded in attacking crime,” said Musselwhite.
“We’re gonna work together as a team,” said the chief. “I’m a worker. I like to be busy. I really think I’ve got a lot ahead of me, so I’m looking forward to the challenge. I love a challenge.”
Southaven Police Captain Mark Little, the media’s current Public Information Officer, was also recently promoted to Southaven Police Deputy Chief.
No word yet on who will fill open positions in the county and at SPD.