By Leigh Morris
A 36-year-old Southaven, Miss., police sergeant will take the reins of the Beardstown Police Department this week, succeeding Chris Baer.
Roy Hurst is expected to assume his new duties as police chief as soon as this Friday, according to Mayor Steve Patterson.
“I interviewed very good candidates, but it kept coming back to him (Hurst),” Patterson said.
“I believe he is the right age, has the ambition and the motivation to lead our department. I am very impressed by him,” Patterson said.
Since Baer’s resignation last month, Patterson has considered 10 individuals and interviewed six. The city advertised extensively to fill the position.
During his service in Southaven, Hurst received numerous training certificates and awards. In 2008, he was the recipient of an award during a 10-week training session at the North Mississippi Law Enforcement training Center in Tupelo. This accomplishment was recognized by the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Baer, 26, was named chief on June 18. However, he submitted his resignation after less than a month on the job. At the time, Patterson said Baer felt the time commitment required to be an effective chief would make it impossible for him to continue his pursuit of a master’s degree. Baer has since returned to patrol duties with the department.
Neither Hurst nor Southaven Police Chief Tom Long were available for comment prior to the Star-Gazette’s deadline.
Hurst and his wife, Danah, who is a 1998 Beardstown High School graduate, have three children.