Shelbourn Reflects on MPD Career

June 30th marks Meridian Police Chief Lee Shelbourn's last official day with the department.

Earlier in the month, he announced that he's retiring. Shelbourn has worked in law enforcement in Mississippi for 42 years. The last three of those years he served as head of the Meridian Police Department.

"I feel great," Shelbourn says. "I have been here three years and I've tried to do the right thing and make a positive difference for Meridian because I do care. I made a lot of friends here; I'm leaving on a good note, especially with the new police department and the fact that they've started work on it again and I'm pleased."

Mayor Cheri Barry says she is not in a rush to replace Shelbourn. She also says he will play a role in selecting a new chief.


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  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Jul 3, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    Buck is the man for the job...i think the chief should be from Meridian. Chief Shelbourn is a good man and i wish him the best.
  • by Pro Law Enforcement Location: Meridian on Jul 2, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    Hiring Chief Shelbourn is probably the ONLY thing this Mayor has done right. He's been a great leader and won't easily be replaced. It is a sad thing though, that the Mayor will probably _____ up with her next recommendation. She's shown she just isn't that bright.
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