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Bay Springs police chief resigns

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Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:48 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:49 AM CDT
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BAY SPRINGS, Miss. (WDAM) - Richard Mays Jr. has resigned as chief of police for the Town of Bay Springs.

Mayor Donald Browne and City Clerk Vickie Cargile confirmed Mays’ resignation. It was effective Sept. 8 at 11:40 a.m.

Mays just completed his first full year as chief on July 28 of this year.

In his letter of resignation, Mays said that it was time to move on to something else that is more in line with his values.

Richard Mays' letter of resignation
Richard Mays' letter of resignation(WDAM)

Mays also says he resigned because he disagreed with how a police officer in his department was disciplined back in August.

“One of my officers slapped a young black male that was already in handcuffs and once he got him inside the vehicle,” says Mays.

Mays wanted the officer in question fired but he says the board of aldermen only voted to suspend the officer for two weeks.

Mays just completed his first full year as chief on July 28 of this year.

For now, Eric Winfrey, the assistant police chief, will be acting as head of the department.

The Town of Bay Springs made the following statement in regard to the Chief’s resignation.

Former Town of Bay Spring Police Chief, Richard Mays, Jr., tendered his resignation on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to the Town of Bay Springs. Former Chief Mays has made allegations, as we understand, concerning the reasons for his resignation. Firstly, in addressing these allegations, disciplinary action was taken against a Town policeman concerning an incident which took place, to which the Town feels was adequate and appropriate under the circumstances. The other allegations made by former Police Chief Mays are under investigation.

At the Town of Bay Springs regular board meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Town policemen were questioned concerning the former Chief performing his duties properly. The board next questioned Chief Mays, himself, concerning his practices as police chief, and the use of his town police vehicle in violation of the law. The next morning, before the Town’s ongoing investigation concerning the Chief was finished, Police Chief Richard Mays, Jr. tendered his resignation. Only since his resignation, has the former Chief raised any of the concerns given in his WDAM interview.

This story will be updated when more information is provided.

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