“The Police Department has taken a beating over the years,” Moore said last week, talking on his cellular phone while driving to his home in Springfield, Ill. “Until that environment changes, the department and this city will not change. People in Jackson need not depend on who can best demonize the crime picture and sell it to the constituency. That’s exactly what (Frank) Melton did.”
Melton, a former television executive, defeated Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. last week in the Democratic primary. He made Moore a target of his campaign, vowing, if elected, to remove the lawman from his office atop the Standard Life Building.
After the votes were tallied Tuesday night, Moore quickly announced his retirement – effective June 30, when his three-year, $113,000-a-year contract expires.