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Posted on April 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM by Darren Musselwhite
As I evaluate and communicate new information for many hours daily, some of which is not good, I know how important a positive attitude is for all of us during this challenging time. I choose to keep my head right and know that God is in control of this situation. Please join me with a positive attitude and as I “tell you something good”, please also forward some positivity to another person today.
Let me introduce to you our talented team with the City of Southaven who helps me and serves our citizens in a tremendous way daily.
Today’s introduction is Macon Moore, our Police Chief. Chief Moore was hired as our Chief in July, 2019. He had worked previously with the SPD from 2001-2009 in many different roles before serving for the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department during his hiatus away, where he also served in many different capacities before being promoted to Chief Deputy. Before coming to Southaven, he served with the Greenville Police Department where he began his law enforcement career in 1989.
Our Police Department runs neck-in-neck with our Fire Department as the largest departments in our City’s operation. Chief Moore has vast responsibilities overseeing one of the largest departments in our state, and protecting the 3rd largest city in our state, while facing challenges due to our geographic location that are unprecedented for most Mississippi cities.
Among completion of numerous other law enforcement training programs, Chief Moore received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree in 2018 from Bethel University and is a 2016 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.
When asked to consider professional achievements in his career, the City should be glad to hear that Chief Moore values his selection to hold our top position as Chief of Police as one of his best, as well as the highly-honored position of Chief Deputy that he held with the DCSD. Graduating from the F.B.I. National Academy is a treasured achievement for any law enforcement professional and one that he also holds in high regard.
When asked, “Why do you do what you do?” Chief responded, “I started serving as a Volunteer Fireman in 1984. After several years of this, I did a few ride-alongs with some friends who were involved in law enforcement. I knew from this point that my career path would be in public service. I guess after 36 years of paid and volunteer work as a first responder, I must enjoy it!”
Macon and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Emma and Eli. In his personal time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and just getting outdoors for anything. He also makes time for fitness as he believes it’s an obligation as a public servant to stay in the best physical condition possible.
When my service as Mayor began, it didn’t take me long to realize that I would rely heavily on my Police Chief to help me achieve objectives for the City. I’ve watched, listened, and learned what makes a good one. It goes without saying that any Chief of Police must be a highly-experienced and polished law-enforcement professional who does not view their career as just a job, but more so, a “calling”. However, what separates average from good are the ones who can make the tough, highly-leveraged, critical decisions while never losing sight of what’s best for the City, in general. Chief Moore has that rare skill set of being able to keep the much-needed “warrior mentality” in addressing immediate challenges while never losing sight of what’s best for the City as a whole, both now and in the future. He and I have already developed a solid working relationship and I’m confident that the safety of our city is in good hands with him leading our Police Department. #tellmesomethinggood
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 10:24 AM by Darren Musselwhite
Today’s introduction is Danny Scallions, Fire Chief. Chief Scallions joined the City of Southaven’s Fire Department on June 22, 1992 when he started service as a Firefighter. He was promoted to Driver in November, 1995; Lieutenant in December, 1998; Lieutenant/Paramedic in August, 2001; Captain in October, 2010; Deputy Chief in January, 2016; and has held the top position as Fire Chief since January, 2018.
As Fire Chief, Danny has supervision of one of two of the largest departments in the City’s operation and the responsibility of helping us maintain the utmost priority of public safety. His responsibilities include supervision of all divisions of the department which include fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and training.
Chief Scallions has an extensive educational background starting with graduation from the State Fire Academy and the following programs: Firefighter Certification I & II, Smoke Diver, Driver Operator, Rope Rescue I & II, Fire Service Instructor, Fire Officer I & II, Confined Space Rescue, Certified Advanced Rescue Specialist, and Firefighter Intervention Rescue Survival Tech. In addition, he completed the Hazardous Materials Tech I & II Programs at Shelby State (TN) University; EMT Basic and Paramedic Programs at Northwest Mississippi Community College; and the Executive Fire Officer Program at Meridian (MS) Community College.
When asked about his professional achievements, Chief Scallions humbly responded: “My accomplishments have always been a result of team efforts. I have always been proud to work for the Southaven Fire Department and I can still remember how excited I was when I got the call to be hired. I am honored to serve as the Chief of the Department and confident in the men and women on the SFD Team.”
When asked to ponder the self-inquiry, “Why do I do what I do?” Chief responded, “It sounds cliche’ to say that I found the most rewarding part of being on the Department was helping others, but there is gratification in knowing that you were able to make a difference in someone’s life during a time they struggle the most.”
Danny and his wife, Jennifer, will have been married for 20 years in July of this year and share the hobby of running. Both run 6 days a week and compete in road races ranging from 5K to marathon distances.
Today’s introduction is Kristi Faulkner, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, who started her career with the City of Southaven on May 6, 2002. She served as a Receptionist at City Hall until October, 2002 when she was promoted to Public Services Manager, a position she held until being promoted to her current position in March, 2007. Prior to working with the City, she worked in the banking and transportation industries from December, 1985-May, 2002. Kristi’s current responsibilities are extremely broad. She manages an incredible volume of calls and calendar requests to the Mayor’s Office daily; media press releases; scheduling and compiling Board Meeting Agendas; assisting the Board of Aldermen, in general; communications, in general, from the Mayor’s Office; and countless other general supervisory and public relations tasks. In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, she also handles the monumental task for the City each year as the Director of Springfest, one of the City’s most-beloved traditions that has grown tremendously under her leadership over many years.
Kristi attended the Baptist Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in 1984-1985 and is a 1984 graduate of Southaven High School.
When asked “Why I do what I do?” Kristi, who was once named “Woman of the Year” by the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, responded, “I love my job! It’s an honor to work for the Mayor, helping and serving people. I grew up in Southaven and know so many people here. It’s always nice to speak to those I have known forever and just as nice meeting new people! I also have the pleasure of working closely with the Board of Aldermen and our Department Heads. It’s just a blessing to work and make a difference when I can. Feels good, that’s why I do what I do! I’m grateful!”
Kristi has been married to Steve Faulkner for 32 ½ years. Together, they have two daughters, Hannah and Emma; son-in-law, Lee; future son-in-law, Garrett; and three granddaughters, Avalyn, Lyla Ruth, and Braylee. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her granddaughters as well as all of her family, cooking, and going to the beach.
When I was elected Mayor in 2013, I fielded many calls about who I was bringing with me to be my Assistant, to which I simply responded, “She’s already there”. Kristi’s skill-set is immeasurable, but what I appreciate the most about her is her ability to solve problems and tie-up every loose end. When she gets the “green light”, you can just get out of her way and count it as “done”. Her work ethic is unparalleled and the City is incredibly fortunate to have her serving our citizens. #tellmesomethinggood