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New Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Colonel named

Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell announced James Ivory III as the  Lieutenant Colonel of the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP). Effective March 1. Ivory  will take on the role of Director of the uniform division. 

“I congratulate Captain Ivory on his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel of the Mississippi Highway  Patrol,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. “Captain Ivory has worn the badge for nearly a quarter of a  century and has distinguished himself in multiple roles with DPS. His wealth of experience and  expertise makes him a perfect fit for this new role, and I know he will continue to honorably  protect and serve the people of our great state.” 

Ivory has served with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for 24 years in a  variety of roles. Most recently, he has served as the Captain at Troop K (Biloxi), the second largest district in the state, since September 2020. Prior to that, he was Captain at Troop H  (Meridian), a Special Agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, a Deputy with Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, and a Second-Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy.  

“Congratulations to James Ivory on his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel of the Mississippi  Highway Patrol,” said Tindell. “With over 20 years of law enforcement  experience, plus service in the United States Navy, I have full confidence in his ability to support Colonel Charles Haynes in leading and advancing the men and women of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. I look forward to witnessing the continued growth of MHP.” 

James Ivory (Courtesy photo)

Throughout Ivory’s career, he has completed many hours of training in multiple courses,  including FBI crisis negotiations, conflict resolution, intentional leadership, officer-involved  shootings, and federal motor carrier safety inspector. His wealth of experience and leadership  background have built a notable career within the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and  Mississippi Highway Patrol. 

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