Photo: Brent Vickers speaking at Friday’s retirement event for Macon Moore and Robert Riggs at the Southaven Police Department’s West Precinct. Vickers is being sworn into office Tuesday as the new Southaven police chief. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)
As of Tuesday, the Southaven Police Department will have its first police chief who has spent his entire law enforcement career with Southaven.
Deputy Police Chief Brent Vickers will have the “deputy” portion of his title removed when he is sworn into office, succeeding Macon Moore, who has retired. The ceremony is to begin at 10 a.m. inside the Southaven City Hall Board of Aldermen meeting room.
Vickers, according to Mayor Darren Musselwhite’s blog post Monday afternoon, began his Southaven police career in 2000. That’s after a six-year time period with the Mississippi Army National Guard, a public administration degree from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree from Belhaven University.
Musselwhite stated that Vickers has spent his time in Southaven working up the ranks, from patrolman, juvenile investigator, traffic officer, SWAT officer, Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Captain, Major of the Police Services Division, Major of the Investigative Services Division, and Deputy Chief of Police.
“Chief Vickers did not advance through our ranks solely because of his training, but also because of his commitment to excellence and service to others,” Musselwhite wrote. “During his career, he has received commendations for lifesaving, valor, meritorious service, administrative excellence, and other awards for training, service, and departmental proficiencies. He was instrumental in starting the body-worn camera program and improving upon many other policies and procedures for our Police Department.”
Musselwhite stated that Vickers is a leader who appreciates the hard work and sacrifices of all who are alongside him.
“He is a super-talented person with all the qualities needed to be an even greater leader in his new role,” Musselwhite said. “His character, training, experience, and commitment to excellence have prepared him for this day. There is no person I would rather have than him to lead us through the law enforcement challenges that lie ahead.”
The entire blog post is located on the City of Southaven website.