Byrd to staff: ‘We will continue to serve the citizens of Jackson County’

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd sent a memo to his employees the same day he surrendered to authorities Friday to face 31 criminal charges.

The memo, written on Jackson County Sheriff’s Office letterhead and initialed by Byrd, is addressed to all employees. It says, “Despite of the obstacles that were placed in our way today, we are going to continue to do our jobs to the best of our ability. I am still available by radio or telephone.

“We will continue to serve the citizens of Jackson County as professional law enforcement officers. I will continue to see you on the streets and at the office. Keep your heads up and be proud of what you do.”

Byrd surrendered at the Ocean Springs Police Department, charged with 10 counts each of fraud and embezzlement and two counts each of second-degree hindering prosecution, witness tampering, attempting to get someone to perjure themselves, intimidating an officer in the discharge of his duties, extortion and one count of perjury. The indictment says Byrd often went after people he perceived as his personal

or political enemies.

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