OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard has appointed Assistant Police Chief Don Gammage to the top law enforcement job in the city.
Gammage will replace Art Heun, who resigned as the city's police chief.
Gammage, a Forest, Mississippi native, has been in law enforcement for 24 years. He came to Olive Branch in 1992, where he began as a patrolman, and worked his way up the ranks to be the city's top cop.
"With the experience I've had over the years from patrolman all the way up the ranks, I can pretty much see where they're coming from, and that will help me make the right decisions," he said.
Gammage has several items on his agenda, including some possible internal restructuring, and building on some things already in place.
"I'm big on training," he said. "That was part of my growing here myself. I was blessed to have good people around me, and was offered some good training."
Gammage said his top priority is working very closely with the community.
"Community policing, community relations...that's my number one thing. I want the citizens of this city - business owners - I want them to be a part of this police department," he said.
Heun previously endorsed Gammage, former head of detectives for the department, saying he "is very capable." Heun will take over as police chief in Dyersburg, Tennessee, on July 20.
Rikard appointed Gammage at Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting.