Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MBN gets a new Top Narc

First Consul Phil Bryant issued the following proclamation: 

Governor Phil Bryant Appoints John Dowdy Director of Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics

Jackson, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed John Dowdy director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Dowdy replaces Sam Owens, who is retiring. Dowdy comes to MBN from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, where he worked in the criminal division. Dowdy started in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1988.

“John’s decades of experience as a prosecutor make him a perfect fit to lead MBN,” Gov. Bryant said. “As a former law enforcement officer, I have made it a priority to rid our communities of the drug trade. John shares that commitment. I am delighted he has accepted this appointment.”

Dowdy’s appointment is effective Nov. 1.

"I want to thank Gov. Bryant for this opportunity,” he said. “It is an honor to serve the people of Mississippi as the director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.  As director, my priority will be to ensure that drug dealers are arrested, convicted and sent to prison in an effort to make our streets and communities safer for our citizens and children."

As chief of the criminal division, Dowdy oversaw dozens of narcotics investigations and prosecutions involving major drug trafficking organizations importing illegal narcotics into Mississippi with sources of supply in many cases linked to Mexican cartels. Dowdy also served on the executive committee of the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

Dowdy’s auxiliary responsibilities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office included coordinating task forces related to Katrina fraud, public corruption and environmental crimes. He served the office’s coordinator for victims’ rights, confidential human sources and crisis management.

Dowdy enjoyed a decorated career as a prosecutor. Among his honors are three Special Achievement Awards from the United States Department of Justice, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA in 1998 and the agency’s Certificate of Appreciation for his work reviewing FBI reports related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Dowdy graduated from Mississippi College with a bachelor of science in business administration. He earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.


Anonymous said...

Next step in cleaning house is getting rid of Santa Cruz. Anyone who has any involvement with DPS knows he's the start of the incompetence and shady dealings.

Anonymous said...

Feel sometimes goofs up and makes an outstanding appointment. Dowdy is a good choice for Narcotics Director.

Anonymous said...

Dowdy is a great choice.

Anonymous said...

Good choice Ha. First of all Dowdy is no longer with the U.S. Attorneys Office. Second when does being a federal prosecutor give you knowledge of the workings of a state narcotics unit. Once again Marshall Fisher has made this choice just as he did with Sam Owens and Mike Perkins. Albert and Marshall are running Feel and that is clear.

Anonymous said...

3:01. As someone who deals with DPS on a regular basis, I concur. The level of incompetency, ignorance, and just plain stupidity with this state "agency" is astounding. ASTOUNDING.

Anonymous said...

Wayne's son? Or nephew? Strange political background considering his hiring into DOJ.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Wayne's nephew. His dad used to own a radio station in Gulfport. He comes from a family of lifelong democrats. It's interesting indeed.

/grew up together on the coast.

Anonymous said...

Even Barney Fife can find an acorn every now and then. I'm apolitical (don't care for either party's political bullshit) but Dowdy is a good man who doesn't give a rats ass about politics. He is about hunting down and prosecuting criminals. Never thought I would say it, good job Phil.

Anonymous said...


- from federal system where you can transfer someone you don't like to Alaska.

- state govt...can't fire or transfer anyone. MBN agents sued the bureau repeatedly and kept their jobs.

It's ungovernable and he will slide into the fold and it will be business as the way....ain't all bad....just not about to be CSI.

Anonymous said...

7:51 - not questioning his ability or integrity. But was remembering him being family to ex-congressman Wayne. I would have to bet that he got his employment with US Atty through his political connection - nothing wrong with that either, BTW.

Just thinking it an interesting appointment for Phil to go to someone of this political bloodline.

Bring Back Crown Vics said...

Also married to the daughter of a democrat lawyer up in Cleveland. People who have languished in a federal job for several decades don't usually have the battery required to energize an agency this important.

But, Malcolm McMillan is too old and fat for the job and all the retired FBI guys are busy writing books.

Anonymous said...

In other words, he has NO law enforcement education or experience.

And for 8:04 - I work in state gov't. and my agency can transfer at will.

Anonymous said...

As a prosecutor I have always considered myself as law enforcement. My background in criminal justice, policing and drug detail make me well equipt to prosecute drug cases.

Anonymous said...

@8:15 AM
Hello, he is a narcotics prosecutor. That's why it's called "law school" by the way.

Anonymous said...

I've known Johnny for 40 years---what an incredible young man. His Mom and Dad raised him to always do the right thing. Good job on this appointment Phil.

Anonymous said...

"In other words" 8:15 has NO common sense.

Anonymous said...

"Law enforcement education and experience" Bwhahahahaha. What, a 10 week course doing pushups and flexing in the mirror? Or, 26 weeks at Club Fed? Putting cuffs on drunks? Or, as in Dowdy's case, 35 years of successful prosecution and jail time for bad guys on a "gubmint" salary? Law school? Just so you get some "law enforcement education" the Chief Law Enforcement Officer is the Attorney General. Not some hick with a tin and a BubbaMobile truck with blue lights. As a knuckle dragger myself, I not once ever put anyone in jail without a lawyer on both sides and one sitting on a bench. You don't just catch 'em. You have to clean 'em and cook 'em too. Dowdy's good, honest, hardworking, decent, takes care of cops and Agents, and puts bad guys away with a vengeance. Even defense bar and bad guys respect him. Good pick. Good man.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Dowdy can teach his agents not to abuse their badge. Recently worked the gate at school football game and one showed his badge to avoid paying the $5 entry fee. A statewide elected official paid his admission, but an MBN agent used his badge for admission. If he abuses it that way, what else is he doing?

Anonymous said...

Does Dowdy have enough years for Fed retirement? He'll need a few more for state. Feel won't be around then.

I reckon he can run on the Brand Ticket for Governor when this gig is over.

Anonymous said...

To: 1:03

I would vote for Mr. Dowdy today if he were running for Governor !!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you would, 2:18. After all, you recently voted for a truck driver.

Anonymous said...

One has to love "Narcs".

Soon enough he will be charged with his own controlled substance charge. My bet: Sustan 250, Winstrol, or Oxies.

We will all read about this guy soon enough.


Anonymous said...

It is interesting Dowdys last case was the BP fraud case against plaintiffs lawyer Watts from Texas.....was facing prison time for fraud.

Dowdy quit knowing the case still went to trial....Watts defended himself and whipped the Feds asses.

Wonder if he knew it was a stinker and quit in protest?

Wayne Dowdy's Ears.. said...

"....incredible young man." He's what? Almost 50?

Anonymous said...

TO: 5:25

When you are pushing the hell out of 74, 50 is very young !!!!!

He is really a great guy.

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