The city of Philadelphia is welcoming a new police chief. Starting Jan. 1, Grant Myers will step up to fill that position. Mayor James Young says he's been searching for the right candidate to handle the responsibilities of police chief since former chief Bill Cox left the position in August.
Myers has worked at the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department since 2000, most recently as an investigator and narcotics officer. Myers says he's eager to step into this new role.
"It's a great honor with being from here and growing up here and growing up in this community, it's just a great honor to take home this position," Myers says.
Because Myers and his family live in Philadelphia, he says he feels a strong need to serve his community.
Mayor Young says that there were plenty of other qualified applicants for the position, but the fact that Myers calls Philadelphia home played a huge role in the decision to hire him as the new police chief.
"If a person does not want to take care of his own neighborhood, he ain't much of a man," Mayor Young says. "So with that being said, someone being out of this community looking forward and has children here in this community, I just don't think he's going to drop the ball."
And with the recent increase in violent crimes for Philadelphia, Myers says he wants to step up the efforts to cut down crime through the community.
"I want to take this police department into a more proactive direction and really get more involved in the community and get the community more involved in the police department," Myers says. "And as a community, try to curb crime."