Meet the appointees

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 11, 2009

Police chief Walter Armstrong

• Age: 48

• Experience/qualifications: Enforcement trooper with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol since 1984, had been in an administrative role with MHP from 1994 until retirement June 30; master’s degree from Alcorn State; FBI National Academy grad.

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• Job: Has overall command and supervision of the operational, administrative, personnel and disciplinary functions of the department.

Fire chief Charles Atkins Jr.

• Age: 53

• Experience/qualifications: Vicksburg firefighter since 1984; training officer/safety officer since 1994; assisted in formation of the Vicksburg Fire Training Facility; University of Southern Mississippi graduate; accreditations from Mississippi State Fire Academy, LSU and Texas A&M fire colleges; certified EMT.

• Job: Responsible for all firefighting, fire prevention and emergency medical services in the city. 

City attorney Lee Davis Thames Jr.

• Age: 38

• Experience/qualifications: Graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South and University of Mississippi Law School; member of the Mississippi Bar Association since 1996; Warren County Bar Association President, 2006-07.

• Job: Attends Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings regularly and advises on legal manners; responsible for all legal research; oversees legal department personnel.

Municipal judge Nancy Thomas

• Age: 45

• Experience/qualifications: City attorney, 1997-2009; graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Mississippi Law School; private practice attorney, 1989-1997.

• Job: Holds municipal court daily; imposes fines and forfeitures for violations of city ordinances.

Deputy fire chief EMS operations Kenneth Daniels

• Age: 45

• Experience/qualifications: With the department since 1989; certified emergency medical technician; various accreditations.

• Job: Reports directly to fire chief; oversees all emergency medical services and response operations.

Deputy fire chief fire operations Mark Hales

• Age: 45

• Experience/Qualifications: With the department since 1990, former senior house captain at central fire station; associate degree in paramedics from the University of Mississippi; various accreditations and certifications.

• Job: Reports directly to fire chief; oversees all firefighting response operations.