Harris to Head MUW Police

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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  • by JW Location: WARD5 on Mar 27, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    Oh how Meridian need change.Going backwards and voting for Mr.Smith will be like putting new wine in old bottles. Mdn need new fresh leaders and not those with the mindset of the 60's.
  • by JW Location: Ward 5 on Mar 27, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    It makes perfect sense. He has run as a Democrat, a Republican and an Independant..all that is left is to run absentee. We need politician's who put the community before thier self interest. Bobby Ray will clean up his mess. Mr. Harris, please pay your tax bill before you leave town.
  • by BMP on Mar 27, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    I have known Mr. Harris for a long time. He has thought long and hard about his decision to take the job at the W. I do believe that he will be prosperous at this job and will still be there for his Ward and his community. Keep up the good work Mr. Harris and do not let those unethical comments hender you in doing the best job that you can do in both places. May God continue to bless you.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ward 5 on Mar 27, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    John has never listened to his ward since he was elected. He has done whatever John Robert wanted regardless. I live in Ward 5 and will not vote for him ever. There is no way the "W" will allow him to commute back and forth. A "C.O.P." needs to be readily accessible in the event of an on campus emergency. Those things don't happen Monday-Friday from 8 to 5. Guess we need to ask "Where will John Harris be when the 3 a.m. phone call comes in?" Answer: Not where he needs to be. John - pack up and move out. Uhaul is located on Frontage Road.....and take your counter part C. Scott with you.
  • by T Location: Meridian on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    I feel as though John can do both jobs and do them both effectively. MUW must have known about his part-time job and STILL wanted him. SO who are we to say that he can't and won't make it. He is trying to prosper so let him. If its in God's will then it will work. None of these remarks can withstand what God has in store for this man. That's what's wrong with the world today everybody against eachother. Peaople read your bibles. If you don't love your fellow man than how can you say you love Jesus.
  • by Cathy Location: Meridian on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    Bobby Ray Smith is a racist and we will elect Mr.Harris again! Mr.Harris keep the faith. Ward 5 needs you and we will continue to support you! Councilman Harris continue to be strong and of good courage!Focus on the positives in life.Congradulations on your promotion!Mr. Harris let the voters decide. A part-time Harris is definitely better than a racist Bobby Ray Smith!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    I think Walter Payton would be a great replacement!
  • by CDB Location: Lauderdale on Mar 27, 2009 at 04:01 AM
    I really don't understand why Mr. Harris trying to better himself is such a big deal. I also feel that he is doing the right thing by staying with his elected position until his term is up, he was elected for a term and he should fulfill that obligation. A mans word is his bond.
  • by DJ Location: MDN on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    How many meetings are council members required to attend by law? I wish you well at the "W"John and thank you for your service in this City. Make us proud.
  • by Lamar Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    Goodbye and good ridance! John Harris has been selfish and inneffective. Meridian is better off with out him we need elected officials that serve the people and not themselves. Citizens remember John the Democrat then John the Independant then John the Republican now he is John the Democrat again. He is a liar and cannot be trusted! We can and must do better job of electing our officials. John Harris has low moral character look how he has treated his children and his soon to be ex wife and he calls himself a pastor.He has done nothing but be a puppet for John Robert Smith. Meridian is better off without him. Whether he pulls out of the race or not the citizens of ward 5 and Meridian no longer want him and he will not win reelection regardless.
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