Jul 03

New Police Chief Macon Moore

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Darren Musselwhite

The Board of Aldermen and I have appointed and confirmed Macon Moore as the City of Southaven’s new Police Chief effective swearing-in on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

He comes to the City after spending the last 7 years as the Desoto County Sheriff's Chief Deputy after serving in several other key capacities within that department since 2009.  He started his law enforcement career with the Greenville (MS) Police Department in 1989 as a Patrol Officer and served in many roles before joining the Southaven Police Department in 2001.  His prior service from 2001-2009 with the City included holding positions as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member, and K-9 Unit Commander before being promoted to Patrol Lieutenant, then later Training Lieutenant.

Chief Deputy Moore has continued his education throughout his law enforcement career receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University in 2018 and graduating from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2016.  He currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Mississippi FBI National Association, a Board Member for the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association and an Executive Panel Member for the NTOA Breachers Symposium for Law Enforcement in Tucson, Arizona and Orlando, Florida. 

Macon Moore is an experienced and talented law enforcement executive in whom I have the utmost confidence to prepare and lead our Police Department for the many challenges that lie ahead.  He shares my values of keeping public safety our number-one priority and keeping Southaven a great place to live.

Jun 14

Police Chief Steve Pirtle's Retirement

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 11:47 AM by Darren Musselwhite

How many people stay with an organization for more than 36 years anymore?  You just don’t see this kind of loyalty much now.  Steve Pirtle started his service to the Southaven Police Department and City of Southaven in 1982.  He has served in many capacities and experienced about everything possible during his law enforcement career.  Never did he hesitate to step up and serve our city, regardless of how tough the assignment.  He always placed our city and police department’s needs before his own; and it has been obvious that he truly cared about his officers and the citizens of our city.

Chief Pirtle gave our city 36 1/2 years of loyal service.  He has had a tremendously successful law enforcement career, but more importantly, is a great man with a great name! He is one of the most unselfish and hardest-working people I’ve ever known.  Whenever I asked him for help, he stopped what he was doing and delivered solutions with detail.  He played a key role in making our Police Department and City what it is today.  We will miss him!

Thank you Chief!  I sincerely appreciate all of your help to me and your outstanding service to the City.  It has been an honor to work with you!  May God continue to bless you in all your future endeavors!

May 29

Wildflowers in I-55 Median

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 3:17 PM by Melitta Duncan

In 2016, Sarah Kountouris, the Executive Director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, started a new project to beautify Mississippi named “Wildflower Trails of Mississippi”.  This new project has since been supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, Mississippi State University Extension Services, the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi.

Many of the citizens I represent have seen by now that beautification of our city is one of my top priorities.  I have pride of ownership in Southaven and want our city to look our best for both our residents and visitors.  Not only does this improve our quality of life, but it makes our city more economically attractive which ultimately provides exponential financial benefits.  First impressions matter!

Because of our shared priority of beautification, the City of Southaven began participation in the wildflower trail program in 2018 and received assistance from Mississippi State University Extension Services in planting wildflowers in the median of I-55 between Goodman and Church Roads.  This is also a dual-purpose project to reduce costs of landscape maintenance.  The beautiful Black-Eyed Susans have bloomed for the first time this year.  We will continue to re-seed the median until the wildflowers maximize density and look their best.

I hope you like them as much as I do!
I-55 Wildflowers