By Pontotoc Progress
After reviewing nine applications, the Ecru Board of Aldermen last week hired Ecru native Gary Chisholm as the town’s new police chief.
The board’s action followed the resignation of Randy Wilson, who served Ecru as police chief for nine years.
A 16-year law enforcement veteran, Chisholm is a 1993 graduate of North Pontotoc High School.
After completing his training at the police academy, Chisholm served eight years as a patrolman and K9 officer in Lee County.
An opportunity with the U.S. State Department took Chisholm to Iman, Jordan, where he taught general police training and operational procedures to Iraqi police.
Chisholm provided Iraqi officers specialized classroom instruction, as well as firing range experience with Glock pistols and AK47’s.
After returning to the United States, Chisholm worked for a brief time as a part-time officer in Ecru.
For the past three years, Chisholm has served as a deputy, shift supervisor and narcotics investigator for the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department.
“We’re glad to have Gary back,” said Ecru Mayor Tom Todd. “We think he will do a fine job.”
“We also enjoyed working with Randy (Wilson) and we wish him the very best too,” Todd said.
Chief Chisholm joins part-time police officers Benny Moorman, Chris Cook, Greg Ferguson, Martin Blaylock and Horace Kitchens.