Manila has new Chief of Police
Captain James Skinner of the Manila Police Department assumed the duties of Chief of Police on Friday, Sept. 11.
The new chief will be stepping in to fill the position vacated by Chief Jackie Hill who retired on Sept. 11.
"Jackie picked 9/11 to retire," Skinner said. "That date is significant to police officers."
Skinner has been with the Manila Police Department for nine years starting in May of 2006. He has been in law enforcement since 1989 starting with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department.
In addition to his other duties on the Manila Department, Skinner has served as Manila School Resource Officer (SRO) for six years.
The Manila Police Department has five officers. Chief Skinner said he plans to continue as SRO officer. He will have an office at city hall and one at the school.
"The chief's position is a lot of administrative work," Skinner said. "We have a great group of officers, full time and part-time. They are all dedicated to serving in Manila."
As SRO officer Skinner gets to know the children and young people starting with the pre-k students through high school.
"I feel we have had a very successful program in the school," Chief Skinner said. "We have a good campus with a good staff and students."
He is looking forward to working with all of the people in Manila. He expressed his appreciation to Mayor Wayne Wagner and the council for giving him the opportunity to serve as chief and lead the police department.
Skinner said he would like to see Manila updating equipment and more training for the officers.
"I will continue the open door policy Chief Hill has maintained through the years," Skinner said. "My door is open to the citizens of Manila. I want to do the best for Manila."
Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation to retiring Chief Hill for the many years of great service he gave to Manila and said he is confident the city will receive the same job performance from Chief Skinner.