New leader appointed for Mississippi Highway Patrol


The Associated Press



JACKSON -- The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol has a new leader.


Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell announced Wednesday Lt. Col. Randy Ginn is taking over the state's primary law enforcement agency's role of colonel. Ginn replaces Col. Chris Gillard, who retired last month after a 26-year career with the Department of Public Safety.


Ginn has served the past four years as deputy director and chief of the MHP's Uniform Division.



"I am pleased that Colonel Ginn has accepted the appointment to lead the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, and I know that he will continue to uphold the tradition of leading the Patrol with courtesy, service, and safety," Tindell said in a statement. "I look forward to working with him, and I am confident that his years of service and experience will continue to benefit the agency as we work together to maintain public safety in our state."


Ginn has served in many capacities with the agency since graduating in December 1987, including as an MBI Special Agent, MBI Supervisory Special Agent, Troop Executive Officer, Troop Commander and Central Region Major.


Gov. Tate Reeves said he's honored that Ginn has stepped up to lead the highway patrol.


"I've known Colonel Ginn for years, and his commitment to protecting his fellow Mississippians and his years of service are unmatched. I look forward to working with him to safeguard the people of our great state," Reeves said.





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