Friday, January 22, 2016

MHP gets new leader.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement:
Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz announced today the promotion of Lt. Col. Chris Gillard. Effective February 1, Gillard will take over as Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Assistant Commissioner of Public Safety and will hold the rank of colonel.

Colonel Chris Gillard
  Lt. Colonel Gillard he has served in many capacities during his 23 years at MHP. He has been Director of Training, Executive Officer to the Commissioner, Homeland Security Liaison Officer, DPS Training Coordinator, Team Leader for Patrol Schools, Driving Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Tactical Communications Instructor. He also worked is several specialty units, including Governor's Security, Drug Trafficking Unit (Interdiction), Patrol Recruiter, Trooper Association Board Representative. Additionally, he has received accolades for leading the district for the most drug seizures and felony arrest, largest crystal meth seizure in the state's history, Outstanding Trooper of the Year Award, DUI 100 Club member and a countless number of accommodations for outstanding job performance.

     Lt. Colonel Gillard is a native a Tupelo and a graduate of Tupelo High School. He received a football scholarship and attended Alcorn State University. While at Alcorn he served as President of the Criminal Justice Club, was a member of the Criminal Justice Club Debate Team, was on the Dean's List and also listed in Who's Who among college students.
     Gillard replaces Colonel Donnell Berry, who announced his retirement after 35 years with the Highway Patrol.

     Lt. Colonel Gillard and his wife Karla reside in Madison, Mississippi and they have one child, Christyl Ward. Lt. Colonel Gillard and Karla attend Pinelake Church in Brandon.

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Anonymous said...

And the hits just keep on comin'

Anonymous said...

If Bryant wanted some real leadership over there he would replace Santa Cruz. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding their business relationship. It appears to be, "If you will take care of me, I'll take care of you". Santa Cruz is not doing his job and everyone seems to know it except Bryant.

Anonymous said...

What is that supposed to mean, 3:32??? Hits to who or what? Care to elaborate? Sounds like a very qualified young man.

Anonymous said...


Don't worry over 3:32 they just have a slight yeast infection.

Anonymous said...

Not only did a new chief get selected, but a good old fashioned smackdown took place at same time with the assistant chief.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he'll do a fine job--doing the way it's always been done.

MHP needs new leadership and it needs to evolve into a modern organization, promoting some go-along to get-along yes man isn't going to accomplish that at all. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but if there's no real transformation with real public accountability, we'll just say I told you so.......

Anonymous said...

At least Berry is gone. He was one of the worst but its way past time for Captain Santa Cruz to go.

Anonymous said...

8:16, you're absolutely right, nothing will happen until Santa Cruz hits the bricks. This promotion is just a placeholder - sorry Gillard...

Anonymous said...

Kingfish is in the pocket of Feel Brant as well as Santa Claus Kruse. He won't allow much if it's critical of that tandem team.

Anonymous said...

At the same time Pheel/SantaCruz brought back the employee that they had to dismiss last year because of his campaigning throughout the state in his DPS vehicle. Got caught at it multiple times and finally the complaints from without and within got to be too much. Now that second term is in place guess Pheel figured he could put him back on the public dole and nobody would care.

And this is the same 'appointment power' that some folks think should be controlling the Jackson Airport. Do these DPS appointments (including keeping SC) really make you think that the airport would be better off under Pheel putting his buddies in control?

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