Moss Point mayor Billy Broomfield explains veto of aldermen’s police chief choice, residents begin protests

MOSS POINT, Mississippi — Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield said his decision to veto the Board of Alderman’s 4-3 decision to hire Calvin Hutchins was because he feels that the sergeant with the Pascagoula Police Department doesn’t have the administrative experience, training or certifications needed for the position.

“This administration is committed to making sure we hire the best qualified people for leadership positions to take us to the next level,” he said. “The police department is no exception. This is our duty.”…

….Meanwhile, some members of the Moss Point community that conducted a petition drive to support Hutchins are not happy with Broomfield’s decision.

A group of protesters gathered across the street from City Hall Wednesday evening, carrying signs that read “Keep Calvin, Fire Billy,” “Billy The Bully,” and “Broomfield’s veto is a poor decision.”

Social media sites are inundated with comments about the veto calling it “ridiculous and arrogant.”

Gulflive
8/20/14