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Yazoo City names new police chief

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 8:37 AM CDT
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YAZOO CITY, Miss. (WLBT) - Yazoo City has found its new police chief.

Kenneth Hampton has returned to his old stomping grounds to help protect the people of Yazoo City.

He was voted in after Monday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

Hampton has previously served two stints as the chief of Tchula.

Hampton has made headlines in the past for his flamboyant style of policing on social media. He often publicly called out suspects on social media, warning them that he was coming for them.

In 2017, he says he was forced to resign from his position. He was hired again in 2020 and claimed to have changed his style.

After 11 months on the job, he resigned in late 2021 to pursue a new opportunity.

Hampton will replace Joseph Head, who resigned in April.

Head is the second chief to resign in just two years during a time of the heightened crime in the city.

Former Chief Jay Winstead resigned in March 2021.

After Head’s resignation, Interim Chief Richard Brooks took command for three weeks where he said he managed several personnel issues in the department, made schedule adjustments to allow more officers to patrol, and placed an emergency hire order to quickly hire more certified officers.

Chief Hampton said that he’s pleased with everything Captain Brooks was able to accomplish and won’t be changing anything he completed. Chief Hampton will continue to hire more officers with the emergency order in place.

Chief Hampton is now the third Yazoo City Police Chief in under two and a half years.

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