Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Vance is out.

Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance will retire at the end of the year.  City sources say Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba met with Chief Vance for several hours at City Hall yesterday.  The Mayor did not submit Chief Vance's name for confirmation within 180 days of the beginning of his term as required by law.  Chief Vance was also seen at PERS this morning.


Kingfish note: Working with little support from the District Attorney and Judges, the Chief was one of the better ones Jackson has had over the years.   He enjoyed broad community support and was well-liked by people on both sides of the fence. 

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stupid move Junior. But as sources tell me, he wasn't in tight with the Mayor's inner circle.

Anonymous said...

Jackson's loss.

Anonymous said...

Vance was by far the best chief Jackson has had in a generation- Hate to see him go!

Anonymous said...


BIG MISTAKE...........

I was not a fan Of Vance's but he did a better job than anyone ever has.

Just another nail in the Jackson Coffin.

Anonymous said...

Any speculations on who his replacement may be?

Anonymous said...

What a shame . Lee Vance was good for Jackson. I wish him well.

MaggieFromMs said...

Vance has always done a good job. You can only do so much with the population of most of Jackson. I dread seeing who the mayor will appoint. Im sure it will be someone that plays the political game.At this point, it better be a good one. I forsee someone being culled from the current staff.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't tell anything about him. He was asleep every time I saw him.
He must sleep 23 hours a day.

Anonymous said...


I know who his replacement will be.....The security leader of the Black Panther Party.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed, but I also get that a new mayor automatically means a new police chief (and fire chief). I only ask that the Mayor not take 2 years to find a replacement like Harvey Johnson, and that he chooses an good, honest leader who will work with the public and keep us informed as well as Vance did.

Anonymous said...

"Liked by people on both sides of the fence" .... the fence that blocks off the prison yard

Anonymous said...

"the best chief in a generation?" that ain't saying much. He, like Graham the legend, was a legend in his own mind. They're probably brothers.

Anonymous said...

This makes total sense in the collective movement. Enoch sanders announced his retirement from being a community organizer a few weeks ago. Vance "resigns". Sanders will be appointed by Lumumba 2.0 as police chief of Jackson. #kush #movinonup #freetheland

Anonymous said...

Definitely a loss for Jackson. However, I'm not that surprised. The mayor is sure to mess up the new chief selection.

Anonymous said...

Vicious bloggers. Chief Lee Vance has served Jackson honorably for almost 40 years. Can't any of you dunderheads wish him well and happy retirement? I know that I do. It will be mildly interesting to see who the Mayor puts forth for confirmation. One of the most important moves he will make in his administration and the one with the most consequences -- good or bad. Just hope his replacement is a true law enforcement person and not a political crony.

Anonymous said...

"I wasn't a fan but he did a better job than anyone ever has". What a dumbass comment! WTF would it take for you to be a 'fan', genius?

Anonymous said...

Vance comes from a basic old school law enforcement frame of mind. Antar is much more inclined towards "community activism" and liberal ideas about policing. His ideas will fail in Jackson because most of the effective veteran officers are also trained in the "old school" and the people committed to Antar's ideology aren't likely to become rank and file police officers anyway. Maybe in San Francisco but not Jackson Mississippi. That won't stop him from finding an ineffective (and temporary) chief though.

Anonymous said...

Tyrone? Victor? Mac’s ghost?

There is precedent.

Anonymous said...

Hope he get's a white one .Give the other side a skin in the game too .

Anonymous said...

He's just taking a break, watch out Victor, he more qualified and popular than you buddy.

Toucan Sam said...

Realizing Cap'n Crunch is probably a weak appointee, the Kellogg Foundation is negotiating with General Mills for the acquisition of either Count Chocula or Boo Berry. Franken Berry is out due to sexual harassment claims....

Anonymous said...

@8:18pm you nailed it.....Hinds county could use Lee,,,,,

Anonymous said...

I'm not questioning the Jackson mayor. He is paving all the downtown streets. Something my city can't seem to do even after increasing taxes to do so.

Anonymous said...

The rank and file lost respect for Lee because of Allen White and Tyree Jones. He soured the department due to the people he surrounded himself with. Lumumba is going to appoint someone who is going to kill the morale or revive it. JPD is broken from a pay and quality standpoint. Good luck on the hief.

Anonymous said...

The new mayor is doing a good job so far. He will appoint a qualified replacement who will do a good job.

Anonymous said...

Like Graham before him, all Vance did for three years was read the daily report of thefts and killings on the 6:00, noon and 10:00 news. Graham, Colundula Greens and Vance all made good money doing nothing but read announcements and ask for the community to come forward and solve crimes.

What I want to know is whether Lee's starched shirts will be in the same plexiglas display case with Bracey Coleman's (and that traffic cop woman from JSU) at the Civil Rights Museum.

Let's have a contest. How many chiefs has Jackson had in the past 20 years. I'll go first with a guess of 14.

Anonymous said...

Anybody remember the Police Chief that had an eye/vison issue that required him to wear those rose colored glasses all the time? Man, that guy really sucked!

Anonymous said...

Not since Chief Black has there been law and order. What was that...forty five years ago?

Anonymous said...

Nobody can possibly top that woman who was elevated from traffic control at JSU. In four or more years as chief, she appeared on camera maybe four times. Accomplished absolutely nothing. Great retirement.

When was the last time in anyone's memory our capitol city had a really effective police chief, there was general respect for the police force and the hoodlums did NOT run the show? Therefore, does it really matter who Baby-Chock puts in that position? It's sort of like Surgeon General of the US...makes absolutely no difference.

Anonymous said...

The new mayor is between a rock and a hard place. If he wants to be re-elected he will do like most mayors in recent history and pick someone who is good at making excuses, cooking the books, and giving crooks a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th chance.
If he picks someone who is a real cop he will not be re-elected.

Anonymous said...

I guess if Lumumba had been doing a terrible job thus far, JJ would've covered it in detail. So let's see how this goes.

Anonymous said...

Everyone loved Chief Vance. Lumumba this was a bad decision and a stain on your term sir!

Anonymous said...

In my view, Chief Vance has done an excellent job given the politics, funding, and population of the City of Jackson. I wish him well in retirement or his next career move. This is Jackson's loss. Chief, thank you for your service.

Anonymous said...

No chief in the last 20 years knew Jackson better or cared more about making it a safer place to live than Vance. I know several officers and all of them have said that he created a very positive vibe with the police force that hadn’t been present for years. Unless there is a promotion from within the force of an officer who shares Vance's attitudes and leadership among the officers, I think it likely the new chief will be a bust.

Burke said...

Chief Vance has done a damn good job, with limited resources. He's worked hard and deserves our thanks. I hope he runs for Sheriff.

I am hoping that Commander James McGowan will be the new Chief.

Anonymous said...

It was the Akuno crowd howling for Vance's head. FACT.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the mayor, Vance is running for Sheriff!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just mentioned to a friend that everything in Jackson seems to be worse than even three years ago except Police. The one thing I felt was improving. I really appreciated Police presence and the professional way they handled themselves and then Little Chok pulls this. Dumb dumb, this is strike two I am willing to give Little Chok a chance but he continues to go by the same dumb playbook.

1) Take care of infrastructure
2) Make people feel safe as they live and shop in Jackson
How hard is it to stay focused

Anonymous said...

Strange....if the entire force has now come forward and claimed Vance created a positive environment where where all these people for the past twenty years when he was overlooked sixteen times. Can anybody remember any group of police-officers coming forward to support his nomination ever before?

PS: Get back to the grill on the patio Lee and stop posting.

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