Thursday, November 9, 2006
New chief comes to town
By SUE WATSON
Robert Pearson was sworn in as police chief of Holly Springs Wednesday of last week at city hall.
Justice Court Judge Ernest Cunningham administered the oath of office and was flanked by Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and all members of the board of aldermen.
Also present at the ceremony were Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson and officers from city and county law enforcement.
Pearson expressed optimism and gratitude to the City of Holly Springs and the community for the welcome he and his wife Phyllis received during their arrival.
“I thank the mayor and board of aldermen for the opportunity to serve the city,” he said. “It is a tremendous honor, an humbling honor. I thank you for welcoming my wife last week.
“I thank you for your hospitality. We appreciate it and I will do my very best to serve the people of Holly Springs and the folks in the police department.”
Pearson said he has high expectations for success in working with the law enforcement team in the city.
After he took an oath to serve and to protect the citizens of Holly Springs, DeBerry presented the new police chief with his badge.
“It is unusual to have two department heads (come aboard) on the same day,” DeBerry said, mentioning the arrival November 1 of the new general manager of the Holly Springs Utility Department, John Collins. “I look forward to continuing the great things happening in the city.”
Pearson is returning to the South after a 25-year career in public service with the Michigan State Police, a stint with the rapid transit system of Detroit and two years service as assistant chief of police for the City of Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen invite the public to a reception for police chief Robert Pearson and John Collins, general manager of HSUD.
The reception gives the people of Holly Springs an occasion to meet and greet two new department leaders who have joined the city. It is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Complex.
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