Police Chief Sworn In

Meridian's new police chief, Lee Shelbourn, took the oath of office Wednesday, his first day on the job. Shelbourn was appointed by Mayor Cheri Barry, who took office in July.

Shelbourn takes the place of Chief Benny Dubose, who was asked to resign by Barry. Dubose was appointed by former mayor, John Robert Smith, about eight years ago.

Dubose said Wednesday that he's assisting Shelbourn in the transition. He described Shelbourn, who he has known for over eight years through the police chiefs association, as a "straight up guy who seems to be fair and treats everybody the same, from what I have observed".

Shelbourn's appointment has been opposed by a group called Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion, who say they object to not having input into the selection of a new chief, and have questioned his qualifications.

Shelbourn has thirty years in law enforcement, including service in the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He was Petal police chief from 2002-2009, before he was replaced there by a new mayor.

Of his own future, Dubose said after 20 years in law enforcement, he's going to take a few weeks for himself before making decisions.

"It's been a good career. I've enjoyed every day. There have been some problems; some difficult decisions had to be made," said Dubose. "Couldn't make everybody happy. Didn't make everybody happy. But I think I did a pretty decent job. I did the best that I thought I could do under the conditions. And I feel like it's going to be good."


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  • by Maria Location: Meridian on Oct 3, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    Loretta,I heard that Mayor Barry emailed you, gave you her cell phone number and asked that you come to the Mayor's office for a visit to inquire and post your city concerns. Why did u not go? I know her and I'm sure she would love your input.......
  • by john Location: redline on Oct 2, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    loretta you truly are a fool!!
  • by WOW Location: MERIDIAN on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    DEAR JOHN, MAYBE WE WILL GET OFF WELFARE AND GET A JOB WHEN "YOU ALL" STOP BEING CHILD MOLESTERS AND PREDATORS. YOU TALK ABOUT US, BUT ONE THING FOR SURE, WE DON'T INCEST WITH OUR KIDS,OR SURFF THE NET FOR LITTLE BOYS OR GIRLS. YOU ALL ARE A SICK RACE OF PEOPLE. WE MAY HAVE OUR PROBLEMS BUT YOU ALL DEFINATELY HAVE A KNACK FOR FOOLING WITH KIDS. JUST TAKE A LOOK OUT ON THE WEBSITE AND SEE HOW MANY OF YOUR OLD GRANDPARENTS ARE MOLESTERS. WORK ON THAT AND WE'LL WORK ON THE WELFARE!
  • by Bob Location: Meridian on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    You know, after all of the protests, where were they when he was sworn in? I guess they realized that they confused appointed position with elected position.
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Oct 2, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    Mike, you are beyond stupidity. Have anybody ever thought about the mayor overlooking Chief Dubose twice?I recall they skipping over him as Ast. Chief Dubose and they promoted someone else to Chief and now Cheri Barry did it to him for a second time,but yet!! Chief Dubose is man enough to train Lee Shelbourne. That only speaks alot about Chief Dubose.I seen Cheri Barry walking from the water company to the police on yesterday. She had her head down the entire time. If I knew I mess up the way she did..I wouldnt be able to hold my head up and face the music ither.
  • by Congrats to Mike on Oct 1, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    The person that goes by the name of Mike at first you seem to be an intelligent person, however as you finished up that comment you made about people being on welfare you may want to do a little research first. We are all struggling to live, so do not kid yourself by thinking that blacks are the only ones walking around unemployed and on welfare you may want to visit DHS in your spare time!
  • by joh Location: meridian on Oct 1, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    i don't care for his retirement party. he was the biggest problem for that department. he let to many people get away with to many things, the twins, cantwell, and so many others. was he qualified yes, but just because your qualified doesn't mean you deserve the job. we will soon find out of shellbourn is the man for the job.
  • by Sunshine Location: Meridian on Oct 1, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    Yes he is still CHIEF BENNY DUBOSE, until his retirement date come, he is still Chief, and when it pass, he will be Retired CHIEF Benny Dubose. But you know what, all of this don't even matter to, because he will succeed at whatever he decides to do. Just leave him alone now, there are bigger problems in Meridian. BTW his retirement is at the end of Oct.
  • by john Location: meridian on Oct 1, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    actually he is no longer Chief Dubose, he is just Benny!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: meridian on Sep 30, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    I've noticed the lack of diversity in the Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion also--and have also wondered the exact same thing as Mike and John,the posters before me--
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