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Posted on April 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM by Darren Musselwhite
As I evaluate and communicate new information for many hours daily, some of which is not good, I know how important a positive attitude is for all of us during this challenging time. I choose to keep my head right and know that God is in control of this situation. Please join me with a positive attitude and as I “tell you something good”, please also forward some positivity to another person today.
Let me introduce to you our talented team with the City of Southaven who helps me and serves our citizens in a tremendous way daily.
Today’s introduction is Macon Moore, our Police Chief. Chief Moore was hired as our Chief in July, 2019. He had worked previously with the SPD from 2001-2009 in many different roles before serving for the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department during his hiatus away, where he also served in many different capacities before being promoted to Chief Deputy. Before coming to Southaven, he served with the Greenville Police Department where he began his law enforcement career in 1989.
Our Police Department runs neck-in-neck with our Fire Department as the largest departments in our City’s operation. Chief Moore has vast responsibilities overseeing one of the largest departments in our state, and protecting the 3rd largest city in our state, while facing challenges due to our geographic location that are unprecedented for most Mississippi cities.
Among completion of numerous other law enforcement training programs, Chief Moore received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree in 2018 from Bethel University and is a 2016 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.
When asked to consider professional achievements in his career, the City should be glad to hear that Chief Moore values his selection to hold our top position as Chief of Police as one of his best, as well as the highly-honored position of Chief Deputy that he held with the DCSD. Graduating from the F.B.I. National Academy is a treasured achievement for any law enforcement professional and one that he also holds in high regard.
When asked, “Why do you do what you do?” Chief responded, “I started serving as a Volunteer Fireman in 1984. After several years of this, I did a few ride-alongs with some friends who were involved in law enforcement. I knew from this point that my career path would be in public service. I guess after 36 years of paid and volunteer work as a first responder, I must enjoy it!”
Macon and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Emma and Eli. In his personal time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and just getting outdoors for anything. He also makes time for fitness as he believes it’s an obligation as a public servant to stay in the best physical condition possible.
When my service as Mayor began, it didn’t take me long to realize that I would rely heavily on my Police Chief to help me achieve objectives for the City. I’ve watched, listened, and learned what makes a good one. It goes without saying that any Chief of Police must be a highly-experienced and polished law-enforcement professional who does not view their career as just a job, but more so, a “calling”. However, what separates average from good are the ones who can make the tough, highly-leveraged, critical decisions while never losing sight of what’s best for the City, in general. Chief Moore has that rare skill set of being able to keep the much-needed “warrior mentality” in addressing immediate challenges while never losing sight of what’s best for the City as a whole, both now and in the future. He and I have already developed a solid working relationship and I’m confident that the safety of our city is in good hands with him leading our Police Department. #tellmesomethinggood