New MBI Director announced

Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell has announced the appointment of James “Jimmy” Herzog as the Lieutenant Colonel and Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI). He will assume this position on Feb. 1.

James “Jimmy” Herzog

“I congratulate Jimmy Herzog on his appointment as Lieutenant Colonel,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. “Jimmy has had an extraordinary law enforcement career that has spanned three decades. In that time, he distinguished himself as a dedicated public servant who is committed to protecting and serving Mississippians. MBI will be well-served under his leadership.”

Herzog is an accomplished professional with three decades of experience in law enforcement and has built a distinguished career throughout Mississippi beginning at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Since July 2022, he has been serving as Chief of Security at the Mississippi Department of Agriculture. Before assuming this position, Herzog retired from MBI, where he held diverse roles over the years. Notably, he served as the Captain overseeing the Special Operations and Major Crime Unit, which managed the Amber and Silver Alert System. Additionally, Herzog played a pivotal role in the creation of the Endangered and Missing Child Alert System for the State of Mississippi.

Over the course of Herzog’s career, he has completed the New York State Police Homicide Investigation School, FBI Hostage Negotiation School, and FBI SWAT Team School. His achievements include receiving the Secret Service Award and the Law Enforcement Appreciation Award for his instrumental role in apprehending the murderer of Sheriff Lloyd Jones, among numerous other accomplishments.

“I am delighted to welcome Director Herzog back to the Department of Public Safety team,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “I am confident that his tenure as Director at MBI will be marked by great achievements. His wealth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly contribute to the agency’s continued progress and growth.”

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