Meridian police chief resigns

Meridian Police Chief James Reed has resigned after it was revealed he is not a certified law enforcement officer in Mississippi.

Reed made a brief statement Monday saying he’s stepping down for personal reasons. Mayor Cheri Barry also spoke briefly, but neither accepted questions at the news conference that was called by the mayor.

Barry later issued a written statement in which she thanked Reed for his service to Meridian.

Barry says Assistant Chief James Sharpe will be acting chief of police. […]