Shelbourn Settling in at MPD

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The new chief of the Meridian Police Department had his first day on the job Wednesday.

The hiring of Lee Shelbourn has been controversial, as some in the African American community were not happy with the way that former chief Benny Dubose was let go by Mayor Cheri Barry.

Shelbourn says he has been meeting with police personnel throughout the day, informing them that no major changes will be made immediately. He says he needs time to observe the community and then make decisions based on what is best for it.

"I just want the people to know this city has a chief that cares about the citizens," said Shelbourn. "Everyone will be treated fairly. We will do the best we can with what we have to work with to make sure we provide a quality service."

Shelbourn says he is the type of leader that reacts in a proactive manner rather than reactive. And one of his main concerns is making sure accountability is a priority within the department.

Despite all of the controversy that has surrounded Shelbourn's hiring, there appears to be no hard feelings between the two.

Dubose said he plans to stay on for a couple of days to help Shelbourn get acclimated to his new job. He was with Shelbourn for his swearing in ceremony and says he's impressed with the new chief's reputation.

"Straight up guy. Treats everybody fair. Treats everybody the same, in my experience. He didn't come in here saying he knew everything. He asked questions," said Dubose. "We talked about procedures and so forth. "

Dubose had served as Meridian police chief since 2002. He says he plans to spend at least a few weeks relaxing before deciding what to do next.

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  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Oct 3, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    I dont know the full history of this area but what i had seen of the city offices in general and the lack of honesty and what is coming out now about all that was hidden and not done and yet see people oh how wonderful it was raises serous questions on one.... the trouble here is what is owed to me rather then what can all do to help. here we have two colleges here we should have high tech here and then some but then people wise with skills what is there to offer a company such in those fields.... it is easy to pull each other apart.. the hard part is saying ok how do we improve from here and make better it takes more then a few people in office it takes all to get the job done ...but the same time you cant have 20 leaders doing 20 different things or fighting their way is the best... this destroyed the city i knew long ago and is now NY top crime area.. so I talk from seeing this first hand and the end results of it..
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Oct 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    Tina- If I should run for Mayor,I will get not only Anthony vote,but yours as well
  • by anonymous Location: meridian on Oct 2, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    DuBose wasn't "training" Shelbourne, he was simply offering his experience and knowledge to help make the transition easier. Different departments have different dynamics and different policies and procedures. DuBose is taking the high road, and hopefully Chief Shelbourne will do a great job.
  • by Stacey Location: Meridian on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    Do anybody know the real reason of Cheri Barry firing Chief Dubouse?? It doesnt make any sense to me to fire the man and then ask Chief Dubose to train Lee Shelbourne
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    My thing was also give the man a chance to prove his worth. I mean none of us know the man jus heard rumors and let's be honest the real reason everything is in such a uproar is because he's replacing a black man. Well Meridian WAKE up it's the priority of the newly elected offical to bring their own people this happens all the time. Obama did the same thing when he got into office. It's not uncommon nor unfair.And to Cheif Dubose I appreciated your comments of approval of the new Police Chief and encouraging everyone elso to do the same. And for the record I am black and doesn't comsider myself a racist and I attribute that not only to my religious upbringing but also for my wonderful family who taught me better. So whether it's blacks against the whites or vice-versa each and everyone make your race looks stupid!!!!!
  • by Tina Location: Meridian on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    I say give the man a chance to prove his abilities. You might just find out you were wrong to judge so quickly. For those few that continually berate people of other colors, read the context of your comments- you might surprised at how one-sided and unfair you're being. Black people don't want to be lumped into a category of uneducated, lazy, welfare thugs & certainly those that generalize every black person that way are WRONG. But, that also works both ways. Loretta and Anthony- you can't just assume every white person is racist. That is an unfair generalization. I most certainly am not racist & find your comments offensive. I'm not sure how I feel about our new mayor, but I will say everyone needs to at least let her try to make some positive changes. Maybe we'll see some much needed improvements- but if we don't, there is another election to come... Loretta- maybe you could run for office (ha. you might at least get a vote from Anthony...)
  • by Anthony Location: Meridian, Ms. on Oct 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    You other people we are not on the subject of Black and white anymore okay. Bob, i like what you had to say. People don't know but another male person was given another 10,000.00 pay increase to keep him working with the city. Did you ask why she did this? He was so good in getting things up for a certain park. Mayor Roberts wanted certain things done and they were done sooner than expected and he got a raise by Roberts. So Bob theres money here it goes to whom the mayor desire
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: City of meridian on Oct 1, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    I repeat what I said last week, "It is better to keep our mouth closed and be thought a fool than to Speak and remove all doubt." If we aren't part of the solution then we are part of the problem. God Bless!
  • by john Location: meridian on Oct 1, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    yall are all fools!!!!!!
  • by Anthony Stone Location: Meridian, Ms. on Oct 1, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    Old man Ed, Just shut your computer off. Your mind is moving faster then you type or it's the opposites. Leave Anthony and Lorrette alone. You got your chief go say hi to him in person. I'm sure yall got some catching up to do.
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