Meridian City Councilman John C. Harris, Sr., has been named chief of police of Mississippi University for Women's Police Department. He will join MUW in April.
The Meridian native has been chief of campus police for Meridian Community College since June 2005. He joined Meridian Community College in 1995 and worked his way up through the ranks.
Harris has more than 10 years of experience in law enforcement and private security and worked as a corporate security investigator/corporate security officer for four years at Federal Express' airport hub facility in Indianapolis, Ind. He also worked as a patrolman with the Meridian Police Department.
Harris was elected to the Meridian City Council in 2005, and is a Democratic candidate for re-election.
Harris plans to serve the rest of his current term on the council by making the hour and a half commute to Columbus. But when pressed by phone about his plans to seek re-election, he said only that his campaign signs are still up around town.
In another phone conversation about 15 minutes later, Harris said, "I took the job down there at the W. I am excited about being down there and I will be commuting back and forth."
When asked if the university approves of him commuting if re-elected, Harris said, "You are going somewhere I'm not going right now." He added that any further comments would be made at a later date.
In addition to Harris, Republican Bobby R. Smith and independent candidate, Walter Patton, qualified for the Ward 5 council seat.