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TUPELO – Mayor Jack Marshall has created and staffed a new position within the police department.
Tupelo resident C.C. Privette, a chiropractor and former law enforcement officer, has been selected for the new position of police commander. As commander, Privette will work as a consultant for the department, reviewing operations, practices and training, Marshall said.
The mayor said he will formally introduce Privette and the position either today or Friday.
Privette officially joined the department Monday when he took a mandatory drug test and had a physical required of all new city employees. He will operate from former Police Chief Billy White’s office, which he moved into Tuesday.
Marshall said Privette was not being groomed for the chief’s position. He envisions Privette’s $40,000-plus-a-year job as a temporary one that could last six months or more. Privette’s position could stretch into the next police chief’s administration, Marshall said.
Privette is second in command to interim Police Chief Jerry Crocker, who took the helm of the 131-person department earlier this month after White resigned to take a job with the Jackson Police Department.