Promotions Taken Away from Two MPD Officers

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry Thursday confirmed that two Meridian police officers have been demoted.

The recent promotions of Jeff Lewis and Dean Harper were rescinded by the Barry administration Wednesday.

The promotions were approved in the last days of Mayor John Robert Smith's term. Earlier this month, Barry said she was evaluating the positions and was considering the demotions.

"I felt like, because they were appointed in the last eleven days of the administration, that I wanted an opportunity to look at those positions, look at them, and make sure we have the best men to take care of the people of Meridian."

Before being demoted, Lewis was serving as assistant police chief and Harper was serving as commander of operations. They now return to their previous positions.

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