WAYNESBORO, MS. - The Waynesboro Police Department has a new leader after the city recently hired a new Police Chief.
For the last two years the Waynesboro Police Department had a vacant Chief seat, but now the spot is officially filled.
“I always relished the opportunity to come back and serve the people of Waynesboro and once that opportunity became available, I put my application in" says new Police Chief Holt Ross.
Chief Ross is no stranger to law enforcement, he has over 20 years experience as a Mississippi Highway Patrolman.
He says,“I wanted a job that would be a little bit different, one that I felt like I could make a difference.” As a Wayne county native he plans on building a stronger relationship with city.
I want the department to be more professional, more respectable, to serve the people here of Waynesboro, I want to gain the trust and respect of the people here that we serve" he says.
His neighboring law enforcement office, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department says they are eager to work together.
Sheriff Jody Ashley says, “We'll make this a better and safer place, what you are looking at from here in the county to the city, this is a team effort, everybody working together.”
“If we can rid the town of drugs, crime, then that is a step for making our community safer, a better place to live and a better place to work" Chief Holt says.
This is Chief Holt's second week in office.