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  • Mayor Yarber announces Jackson Police Chief finalists

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Interim Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance Source: City of Jackson Interim Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance Source: City of Jackson
Canton Assistant Police Chief Juan Cloy Source: City of Canton Canton Assistant Police Chief Juan Cloy Source: City of Canton
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Monday morning Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced Jackson Interim Police Chief Lee Vance and Canton Assistant Police Chief Juan Cloy were the two finalists for police chief. They took part in the first of a series of forums, in the community.

The meetings are being called community engagement forums. It's a chance for residents to hear from the two candidates first hand, and how they plan to fight crime in their neighborhoods, if they are selected as Chief.

Vance and Cloy were cordial during their first public meeting, and both told the crowd there was no blood between them, but as for criminals, their message was clear.

"My name is Lee Vance and I'm ready to fight," said Vance. "I'm ready to fight for this police department, I'm ready to fight for this city, most of all I'm ready to blast some criminals in the mouth!"

"More importantly is what happens out in the streets of Jackson, in the school system with these children, that's the most important thing," said Cloy. "I'd love to have the job, I'd love to be Chief but as I said, my kids live here and I need to know my kids are safe while they're here."

Vance and Cloy have many similarities, both live in Jackson, have had long careers in the Jackson Police Department, and are Jackson State grads.

Cloy's resume includes undercover work with the FBI, and he also worked as the JPD officers union leader for many years.

Vance worked his way up from a patrol officer, to assistant chief. He started with the department in 1987.

"I like what I'm hearing about community policing, I want to hear more about that," said Mayor Yarber. "I want to hear more specifics about how they'll implement and encourage the community in this process."

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the city will be hearing from the public at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church's Community Life Center.

Mayor Yarber says he will make a decision on the next chief at the end of business Friday.

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