NEWS UPDATE: Saltillo resident appointed as new Miss. Highway Patrol chief

Associated Press

JACKSON – Michael Berthay, who has led the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation the past two years, was named Wednesday as the new chief of the Highway Patrol.

Berthay, 49, of Saltillo, starts the new job immediately. His rank moves from lieutenant colonel to colonel.

He succeeds Marvin Curtis, who resigned from the Highway Patrol's top job to work as an ordained minister.

Public Safety Commissioner George Phillips – who oversees the Highway Patrol and MBI – chose Berthay for the job. Gov. Haley Barbour said he ratified the selection.

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