City of Clinton Appoints Ford Hayman Police Chief
Clinton, Miss. (April 20, 2016) Clinton’s Board of Aldermen unanimously approved Mayor Phil Fisher’s appointment of Edwin Ford Hayman as Chief of Police on Tuesday night.
Hayman stated that “words cannot describe what it means to come home and utilize the experience and skills I have learned in my career to serve and safeguard the Clinton community. I am excited to know that I am home.”
Chief Hayman received his B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Mississippi College in December, 2015.
Chief Hayman comes to the Clinton Police Department having served in multiple law enforcement roles in Byram, Jackson, and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Since 2010 Hayman has served the Byram Police Department, most recently as Commander of Administrative Support since 2012. Prior to his promotion to Commander, Hayman worked as supervisor of detectives for the Byram Police Department.
Chief Hayman began his law enforcement career with the Jackson Police Department as a patrolman in 2000. Hayman’s service to the Jackson Police included roles with the S.W.A.T. team as well as a detective in the Robbery and Homicide division.
“Ford Hayman’s combination of professional experience and deep community ties make him an ideal leader for today’s Clinton Police Department,” Mayor Fisher says. “I am confident that he will quickly earn the respect of officers and residents, and will serve ably as Chief of Police. He will carry forward the growth and progress our Police Department has made over the past three years that has seen the department grow from 36 paid officer slots to 56 paid officer positions.”
The process to select a new Police Chief began in February with the retirement of Chief Michael Warren.
The process to select a new Chief was thorough and included vetting by both the Board of Aldermen and a committee of residents. Initially, twelve applicants were interviewed by Mayor Fisher and Alderman at Large Jehu Brabham, who narrowed the list down to seven candidates.
Once the list was narrowed to seven, the remaining six members of the Board of Aldermen were broken into two groups of three to interview the remaining candidates and select the top four applicants to be interviewed by the committee of seven local residents and business leaders.
Clinton residents Ramey Ford, Neddie Winters, Johnny Singh, Ricky Garrett, Tim McCartney, Chanta Courtney and Bill Davis comprised the committee that assisted in the selection of the new Chief.
Following discussions and input from the search committees, Mayor Fisher noted that Ford Hayman “was an absolute consensus.” Mayor Fisher made the recommendation to the Board of Alderman to approve Ford Hayman as Chief of Police during the April 19 meeting.
In reference to his nomination of Chief Hayman, Mayor Fisher stated that “during the interview process, Chief Hayman presented a well written, comprehensive plan for moving the Clinton Police Department forward.”
Hayman identified three core competencies he will utilize in positioning the department for success: community partnerships, proactive criminal enforcement, and efficiency in service delivery.
“I believe that Chief Hayman and I will work well together and look forward to moving the department to the next level,” Fisher added.
Hayman plans to begin engaging the community immediately through a series of listening tours with neighborhood associations, civic groups and community leaders that will help develop strategic partnerships. In addition to the listening tours, Chief Hayman seeks to begin a Citizen’s Academy to strengthen the relationship between the department and residents.
Additionally, Chief Hayman will develop a plan for proactive criminal enforcement that will target property crimes and increase police visibility throughout the city. Hayman stated that he wants to convey the message that “one will not have the opportunity to commit crime in the city of Clinton.”
Finally, Chief Hayman plans to continue the increase in training opportunities for active response scenarios as well as customer service training for the department. Hayman noted “that for many people the Clinton Police Department is the first introduction to the city of Clinton and our service delivery must be exemplary.”
Chief Hayman will begin service as Chief of the Clinton Police Department on May 1, 2016.
“It is an honor to serve my hometown and I am proud to have the opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated force,” Hayman says. “Chief Warren and the administration have brought this department forward, and I will strive to build on the progress made over the past 3 years. On my watch, the department will continue to strive for the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, effectiveness, and service.”