Jake Chisholm named Ecru police chief

David Helms

Pontotoc Progress

ECRU – Mayor Mark Baldwin confirmed this week that Police Chief Gary Chisholm resigned last month and assistant police chief Jake Chisholm has been promoted to replace him.

Mayor Baldwin said that Gary Chisholm resigned effective August 27, and following a special budget hearing that night aldermen approved his replacement.

“Gary said he was resigning for personal reasons,” Mayor Baldwin said.

Jake Chisholm, a 26-year-old native of Saltillo, had been serving as assistant police chief for almost a year.

“I want folks to know we’re at their beck and call and if we’re needed we’re going to be there,” said Jake Chisholm (who is not kin to the former chief).

“I also want to thank the mayor and board for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Other officers on the Ecru Police Department include Benny Moorman, Chris Cook, Greg Ferguson and Martin Blaylock.

“The four officers we have working in Ecru work closely together and we’re going to continue in that direction,” Chisholm said.

“I have full faith and trust in them,” he said.

Chisholm has been a law officer since 2006, including a short stint with the Saltillo Police Department and four and a half years as a deputy with the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department.

“Our motto is to be proactive in our job, not reactive,” Chisholm said.

“We want people to know we’re out there working and trying to do our job.”