Sheriff Mike Byrd is
serving his first term as Sheriff of Jackson County. He took office
January 3, 2000, having been elected in November of 1999.
Sheriff Byrd was born in Pascagoula,
Mississippi. He is 50 years old, was graduated from Pascagoula High
School, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the Mississippi Law
Enforcement Officers Training Academy in Pearl, Mississippi, and the FBI
National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He began his career in law
enforcement in 1972 with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department as a
dispatcher and worked his way up to investigator. He joined the Moss Point
Police Department in 1976 as a patrolman and achieved the rank of Captain
in 1981. Sheriff Byrd was one of the first officers hired in the newly
incorporated City of Gautier in 1987, and served there as a Captain of
Police and Training Officer until he was sworn in as Sheriff.
The Sheriff is very active in law
enforcement, civic, and religious activities in the community. He is a
long-standing member of First United Methodist Church in Pascagoula,
serving as a Board member and member of the choir. He is a member of
Masonic Lodge #419, is a Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish
Rite Mason, and Shriner with the Joppa Shrine Temple. He is also a member
of Pascagoula Eastern Star #151. Sheriff Byrd has always been closely
involved with the youth of the community, especially in sports. He is a
member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, coached high
school and college baseball for 19 years, and was a high school football
official for 3 years. He has coached Dixie Youth Baseball, was President
of the Dizzy Dean Baseball League for seven years, and was a baseball
official for Dixie Boys League for 13- and 14 year-olds.
Sheriff Byrd is active in the Fraternal Order
of Police, and is past Vice President of Police Officers Union #65,
AFL-CIO. As sheriff, he is on the Board of the Narcotics Task Force of
Jackson County. He is in demand as a speaker in area schools on a wide
variety of subjects, including drug abuse, crime prevention, and career
choices in public service.