Holly Springs gets new police chief

CATEGORY: Marshall County

AUTHOR: JEFFRI

Holly Springs gets new police chief

By Cynthia M. Jeffries

Daily Journal

HOLLY SPRINGS – The Holly Springs Board of Alderman has appointed one of the town’s native sons as the next chief of police.

Edward J. Totten, a former Marshall County sheriff’s deputy and a former Shelby County sheriff’s assistant chief deputy, was approved Monday during a regular board meeting.

He was slated to sworn in today for the $30,000-a-year chief’s job, said Holly Springs Mayor Eddie Smith.

Totten replaces former Chief Billy Hasty who submitted his letter of resignation at a Jan. 3 board meeting. His resignation was effective Jan. 31.

The search for a chief was to have lasted until Feb. 20 but the town made its decision sooner than expected.

Totten was among the final four the board was considering to head the 19-person department, which includes 12 full-time sworn officers. All told, 15 applications were received from across the state, Smith said.

Smith said the fact that Totten is a Holly Springs native was not the only reason he was chosen. But “he was a local person that had been discussed”

almost from the beginning, he said.

Totten, who has a Memphis phone number, could not be reached Monday for comment.

Totten is the fifth chief of police the town of about 8,000 has had since 1990.

Hasty took over in 1993, replacing former Chief Anthony Marion, who stepped down after being arrested on extortion charges. Marion was convicted last year and is in a federal facility.

In other action by the board:

– The board of alderman appointed Ki Jones to serve one term on the Holly Springs School Board. Jones, a Holly Springs attorney, replaces Audrey Peterson, who chose not to serve a second term on the five-person board so she could devote more time to her home-based candle-making business.

– Michael Crittle was appointed to the city’s planning commission. Crittle, who works with a Memphis architecture firm, replaces Andre DeBerry who stepped down to join the board of alderman. In December, DeBerry, a former alderman, won a seat on the board in a special election held to find a replacement for former at-large alderman Freddie Autry, who stepped down because of ill health.

Crittle was appointed to serve on the town’s planning commission until 1997.

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