Myers tapped as next chief
RIDGELAND — Lt. Brian Myers, a 24-year law enforcement veteran with RPD, will replace outgoing Police Chief John Neal who is retiring this summer
Myers said that he was very pleased with the decision announced Tuesday evening.
“We have a lot of work to do and ground to cover,” Myers said.
Myers will take the job effective on July 1. Currently, Myers commands the Patrol Division of the Ridgeland PD
Myers’ career in law enforcement began in 1998 when he was hired as a patrol officer with the Ridgeland PD. Since then, Myers has held various positions within the Ridgeland PD, including commander of both Criminal Investigations and Patrol divisions and co-commander of the SWAT team.
“I’m grateful to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for having the faith in me to lead the best police department in the state. It has been a privilege to serve Ridgeland for the past 24 years, and I’m honored to continue my career as its Chief of Police,” Myers said.
Neal will retire on June 30.
Myers, like his predecessor, has spent his entire career in law enforcement at the Ridgeland Police Department.
Mayor Gene F. McGee and aldermen made the announcement Tuesday night after an executive session.
“The Board and I are very happy with our decision to appoint Lt. Myers as our next Chief of Police. His impeccable qualifications, experience, leadership, and respect from other officers within the department made it evident he is the right choice to lead our department,” Mayor McGee stated. “We congratulate him and look forward to his continued service to our community.”
McGee congratulated Myers on the promotion.
“He brings a lot of talent, training and know-how to the position,” McGee said. We are excited. He is very qualified and will continue to improve our department and offer better services to our citizens as Chief Neal has done.”
McGee said he is pleased with the quality of the current member of the Ridgeland Police Department. He said Myers was chosen from a pool of three qualified candidates from within the department.
“It is a compliment to Chief Neal that people in the department are getting the training they need,” McGee said. “We had three qualified candidates who are already with the department and I think that speaks very highly of our police department.”
When Neal announced his retirement last week he said there are “very capable leaders within the department who deserve the chance to lead.”
“I have been fortunate to lead several projects over the years to hopefully better our department,” Neal said. “And that opportunity should be afforded to those officers who have dedicated their careers to Ridgeland, just as I did.”