MSU hires new police chief



Daily Journal reports

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s police department has hired a new chief.

Tim A. Potts’ appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. University officials said Potts is expected to begin his work May 15.

Potts is a 23-year law enforcement veteran who has spent much of his career at Purdue University. A Brookston, Ill., native, Potts has worked at the West Lafayette, Ind., public institution since 1997.

As captain of patrol operations since 2003, he led and managed a division that included 30 officers and 12 dispatchers. He also was responsible for departmental training and coordination of security arrangements for athletic events, convocations and other special events.

Potts replaces Georgia Lindley, who resigned in December after being charged with DUI.

Before becoming a captain, Potts served as lieutenant of support services, sergeant of training and operations, and patrol/community policing officer. He earlier was a member of the West Lafayette police department and Monticello, Ind., sheriff’s department.

Potts said he was “humbled and honored by my selection to serve as the next police chief for the Mississippi State University Police Department. I am looking forward to listening to the students, staff, and faculty on issues important to them and working collaboratively.

“I am anxious to become part of the Bulldog family,” he emphasized.

In addition to having graduated in 2005 from the FBI National Academy, Potts is a 1987 graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a social work concentration.

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