Friday, December 19, 2014

Governor appoints Fisher to head MDOC

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

Gov. Bryant Names Marshall Fisher as Commissioner of Mississippi Department of Corrections

JACKSON—Governor Phil Bryant has named Marshall L. Fisher as Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  Fisher replaces Christopher B. Epps, who resigned Nov. 5, 2014.  Fisher will assume his position in January 2015. Interim Commissioner Rick McCarty will assume his previously held position of Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance for MDOC.

“Marshall’s integrity and his decades of experience overseeing complex public safety issues at the state and federal levels will be instrumental in his role as MDOC Commissioner,” Gov. Bryant said. “He has met operational and budgetary goals in previous positions, and his time serving in the U.S. Navy lends itself to establishing the type of departmental discipline expected in Mississippi’s correctional system.  His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities.  I’m pleased Marshall has accepted the position and look forward to working with him.”

“I am honored to be named to this position by Governor Bryant, and I look forward to the challenge,” Fisher said. “I am proud of Mississippi and am grateful for the chance to do something good for the state.”

Fisher served as executive director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics from 2005-2014, where he oversaw the state’s largest methamphetamine bust and provided staff for Mississippi’s first comprehensive intelligence center. Most recently, he served as state director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Throughout his career, he has coordinated joint operations involving DEA, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol, and numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

He is retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he was assigned as Agent in Charge of Mississippi DEA operations.  During his tenure with the DEA, Fisher was assigned to field offices in Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and DEA Headquarters, where he served as section chief in the Office of Domestic Operations to Europe, Asia, Africa and Canada. 

Fisher started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Texas and as a parole agent in Louisiana.

He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of Memphis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

He and his wife, Thelma, have two sons, Grady and Shane, both of whom work in federal law enforcement.

Kingfish note: Disappointing. So much for a real search for someone with a strong background in corrections. 


Anonymous said...

Not surprised Feel didn't put much effort in finding a replacement. Disappointing he has the imagination and vision of a tick.

Anonymous said...

Looks like there's gonna be some major kickin about to happen. Bet the gang and contraband issues will be minimized. This guy won't play any games.

Anonymous said...

Great appointment. Fisher ran a no-nonsense operation while at MBN. Glad to see him come back to state government.

And to 2:47, sometimes it doesn't take 'much effort'. When someone has proven the ability to perform, why look further. Fisher went in and cleaned up the mess left by Phillips - who did little other than to see what mischef he could stir up (both at MBN and later at DPS.)

Anonymous said...

Says a lot about how prevelant drug abuse is in in our prisons when the best candidate is someone who has no corrections experience but has spent his career combating narcotics. It is sort of like if a neurologist was appointed commissioner of the NFL. Maybe they should pull McCarty as Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance and replace him with an AT&T rep and they could fix the cell phone problem in the prisons too.

Anonymous said...

What'd y'all say about the new airport director? He's the right color!

Anonymous said...

3:56, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Hiring someone who currently runs a state law enforcement agency to run the state corrections agency is exactly like hiring a physician to run the NFL. Next time I struggle to find the perfect way to compare apples to oranges, I'm definitely calling you for advice.

Fiefdom Alert said...

Time to clean house at the DOC headquarters bldg too. I believe Epps bought recliners for everybody over there.

Anonymous said...

Fisher has a great hairline.

49 Northbound said...

No 13th check for Fisher next year. He musta really missed the dark tinted rides.

Anonymous said...

he needs to start with the prison guards and end with the lazy probation people.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Phil didn't put a no non-sense lawman on the contract review board.

Packin Heat said...

His first job might be to build more units.

Read why here:

Anonymous said...

Say what you will about Fisher but he did an excellent job attacking the meth production problem in Mississippi.

He may not have a directly applicable corrections background but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

As for Bryant, unless he turns off the taxpayer spigot to Frontier and MSGOP radio then he's not serious about rooting out corruption and won't be the recipient of my vote in 2015.

Anonymous said...

You bunch of Goons and dorks on here could hold Fisher's jockstrap much less run a state agency with the same expectations you place on people that are appointed or hired to do so. So all of you eat shit. Bunch of F'ing do nothings...

You people are the quintessential dudes that don't pull any leg and talk about how ugly the chicks are that the other dudes are landing. Go home and watch porn in your parents basement, TOOLS!

Anonymous said...

Good golly, though he is late to the party, Pender further exposed the GOP funneling of $$$ to the Supertalkers today for all to see.

Anonymous said...

Yep Marshall wiped out all illegal drug use in the state of mississippi. He did this by taking away my ability to buy zertec d over the counter and forcing me to pay my doctor $100.00 to write me a prescription. Love it when they punish law abiding citizens instead of punishing the criminals. But look on the bright side, we get to pay him a salary and his retirement.

Supporting The Appointment said...

3:56; Your analogies are weak. I'm sure a physician could 'run the NFL'. Are you suggesting one must have been a football player to manage the front office? Or that one should have served time behind bars in order to manage a corrections department?

Very few CEOs of large manufacturing empires have ever operated a punch press or a chrome-bending machine.

Right now, what is needed is a proven management and control background with a large amount of integrity sprinkled over the top. That's the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Good call 2:31. Fisher has proven management abilities (despite 9:32's bitching about the state's good job of controlling meth production). Running a prison is a whole lot different than managing the corrections department.

Actually, this will probably turn out to be one of Feel's best appointments during his whole administration.

Kingfish said...

Yes. management skills include not firing officers who perform strip acts in front of other officers.

Anonymous said...

I think 9:32 was bitching about his rights (& $) being stripped away. I know it's shocking someone thinks rights should have value, but some of us nuts exist.

Anonymous said...

9:32 Crystal meth production in the state of Mississippi has plummeted since pseudophedrine required a doctor's prescription. That was the goal of the law, to keep these fools from blowing up their trailers.

It is an inconvenience to have to take off work to see doctor and pay for the visit to get the script. Maybe the law should be updated to allow up to eleven refills per year, which is way too little to make it worthwhile for the meth cooks.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that was the law's purpose was.

I can't speak for 9:32, but some citizens prefer a government that does not agorantly assume role as psychiatrist of the masses via psychtropic chemical control. (Otherwise known as America, pre-drug control disaster.)

Anonymous said...

So anyone who has "Executive Experience" could do this job. Dont even have to know what a jail is or how it works. Just a little management and things will be fixed. JC Penny hired a hot shot executive from Apple and he has nearly destroyed the company. He was successful at Apple so he should be successful everywhere he works by your logic.

Anonymous said...

Yes lets punish all alw abiding citizens so we will keep a could meth addicts safe and you seem to be saying meth has been wiped out in mississippi.

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