By David Helms
PONTOTOC – Police Chief Larry Poole is retiring, effective June 30, and on Tuesday night the Pontotoc Board of Aldermen hired Randy Tutor as his successor.
The board voted unanimously to hire the 52-year-old Tutor, who for the past 11 months has worked as an investigator for the Pontotoc Police Department.
Tutor is a native of Calhoun County and his late father, Billy Tutor, was a native of Pontotoc County.
When Poole retires, Tutor will be in charge of a police force that includes 12 full-time officers and nine part-time officers.
“We have a really good bunch of guys here, everyone knows what we’re supposed to do,” Tutor said.
Tutor said he’s proud to join a legacy of police chiefs that have served Pontotoc.
“It’s amazing because Pontotoc has only had three police chiefs over the past 50 years, and that includes Chief Poole these past 26 years,” Tutor said. “Continuity is one of the factors that makes this job so attractive.”
Chief Poole said he will be leaving the job in good hands with Tutor.
“I’ve worked with Randy two different times, he will do a really good job as police chief,” Poole said. “He knows the people of Pontotoc and Pontotoc County, he knows the officers here, and it’s going to be a good transition.”
A retirement reception for Chief Poole is set for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 10 in the Pontotoc County Courthouse courtroom.