LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Interim Police Chief Danny White raises his right hand as he is sworn in as the police chief by Municipal Judge Jim Blough, left, with the help of White’s daughter Yasmin, 14, Thursday afternoon at the Natchez Police Department.

Danny White sworn in as chief of Natchez Police Department

Published 12:11am Friday, July 20, 2012

NATCHEZ — New Natchez Police Chief Danny White now has one less question to answer for his inquisitive grandchildren.

“My grandkids had been after me, ‘Did you make chief yet?’ I would just say, ‘No, baby,’” White said Thursday after he was officially sworn in by Judge Jim Blough as chief of the Natchez Police Department.

“It took me a minute, but I’m chief now,” White said smiling at his grandchildren in the audience.

It took White more than a minute, in reality. He served as interim chief for nine months, but he said he is ready to lead the department in the right direction.

“We’ve got some things planned, and I plan to lead this department and do the right thing,” he said. “The community can feel safe because we are out there.”

White was appointed chief after serving as interim chief during a swirl of controversy that surrounded the long search period.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen asked former chief Mike Mullins to retire early in November 2011.

Disagreements about who to appoint as chief spurred a walkout by three Natchez aldermen and protests outside of City Hall.

Now that all that is behind him, White said he has plans for cleaning up the city that have started by cleaning up the police department.

The department spent approximately $1,200 painting several areas inside the building using inmate labor to cut costs by several thousand dollars.

White said to clean up the city, the department must first clean up itself. He said he is also continuing to meet with his staff members one-on-one.

“I want to sit down and let them know what I expect for them and what the city expects from them,” White said.

Mayor Butch Brown said at the swearing-in ceremony that he was pleased to be a part of making White’s appointment official. Brown said he and White share similar opinions on law enforcement.

“I feel very confident in having (White) be our representative for law enforcement in the city.”

  • Anonymous

    From what I read, Chief White has some very good goals set. Congratulations, Chief White!

  • Anonymous

    He is the CHIEF– hopefully someone else will be doing the chasing….

  • Anonymous

    There’s no way he can pass the PT test required of his officers.

  • Anonymous

    The chief’s before him did not have to take a PT test.  I will never ask the question can the sheriff pass a PT test, because it is his job to
    hire people who are qualified to do the job. Both of these men have over 30 years of expierence under their belts, so they do not have to
    chase anyone. Remember most white people are past that, it is you still holding on to your “JIM CROW” mentality. This chief is color blind. 
    I guess you just can not get over the way you were raised. You certainly sound like another natchezms1978.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Natchezasu1..

    Congrats on your Chief being appointed, & then being sworn in by the (Honorable) James Blough…You seem to froget that a man in Chief Whites position, must lead by a strong example…I don’t know much about the Chiefs intelligence, but it is quite obvious that he should contact the Jenny Craig folks immediately. Chief White is grossly out of shape, causing some to find his being appointed Chief, a bit of a joke… A Policeman, irregardless of Patrolman, or Chief, should be able to chase down a suspected criminal on foot…I would be one happy crook– if I looked back, & saw Chief White chasing me. I would have time to stop @ Dairy Queen,and have an ice-creme cone, before the Chief got close….Come on Chief, let’s eat more salads…you look like the fat version of Al Sharpton, with the same barber…   

  • Anonymous

    He is your chief also just like Obama is your president, but you thought that would never happen. Just like Ronnie Brown,
    Tommy Ferrell,Mayfield, Huiff, & Mike Mullins, they never had to run after criminals. You would not be on here making comments
    if they picked the white officer from Baton, Rouge. I look for qualified people to run this town & i am not worried about the color
    of their skin.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I feel that I could play golf, hang out & maybe play cards with Obama…having worked @ Pear Harboer for a number of years–i can honestly say that i never met a local over there that wasn’t way cool..However, as a President–The guy is totally out of his league–as demonstrated by the condition of our once great nation…Even you, who hasn’t mentioned your name, has to agree that this country is in dire straits..In fact, the activist from S.Chicago is making Jimmy Carter  look good as President……So, forget the race card ( to which you so adaptly play) & agree with Yungelvis on this one…Obama by all accounts, will win it once again, but he is the wrong man for the job…Chief Danny White ?–I think I like him better when he was the QB for the Dallas Cowboys…

  • Anonymous

    “SOME” RED-NECKS DID ALL THEY COULD TRYING TO STOP THE APPOINTMENT OF A BLACK CHIEF RIGHT HERE IN NATCHEZ, MS. THEY WENT OUT OF STATE TRYING TO GET ANY ONE THAT WASN’T BLACK. YOU’LL MIGHT AS WELL BUCKLE-ON-DOWN BECAUSE YOUR PLAN DIDN’T WORK. SOONER REATHER THAN LATER YOU WILL REALIZE THIS IS 2012. WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT, I KNOW THAT’S CHOKING THE BREATH OUT OF YOU. YOU MIGHT AS WELL GET A NECK BRACE, BECAUCE THERE’S SOME MORE CHOKING IN THE MAKING. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A BLACK-FEMALE-SHREFF STRUTTING HER STUFF RIGHT HERE IN NATCHEZ, MS. WOULDN’T THAT BE SWEET.  

  • Anonymous

    Tell you what would be sweet—if you hit spell-check prior to turning in your ill-conceived work…As Bugs Bunny used to say– 

    Please tell us that you aren’t a product of the Adams County Public School System.

  • Anonymous

    Do not forget that the adams county public system is the same system your mama & daddy attended, because most of you
    did not have the money to  pay for private school. We are going to private school now, so where can you run now? These kids
    will get along just fine, when people like you stop preaching JIM CROW.

  • Anonymous

    That is your choice, but this is your Danny White for now. Hello natchezms1978. People once again
    natchezms1978 is going by the name yungelvis, but this racist ____________ can not fool me..Go back
    about 6 months ago & read his comments and you will agree.

  • Anonymous

    Son, you ae caught up in the “blame the White-Man for our woe’s & Misery.”

    True, you didn’t have the easy road to travel–but today is 2012…I’ve been around the world, twice & let me honestly say, the Black Man has it better here than anywhere on the planet…

    You’ve got a Black President–elected mainly due to White Voters, You’ve got Eric Holder, as the Atty.General..Throughout this nation, Black people hold important offices like Mayors of major cities, are Senators, governors, etc…But, you’re still stuck on ” Jim Crow” 1978 or some ridiculous number.

    This may be like 2012, but all you know is–if you disagree with me–you must be bigot, a Jim Crow type of person, a racist etc..In Actuality, I disagree whith most of what you say–because you don’t appear to be using your brain cells to full capacity…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510845888 Winky Waterman

    Congrats to you Chief White.I hope you make all of us voters that voted for you (black and white) proud of you in your new job position. and i hope none of your grandkids are reading any of the junk these people are posting on here.I’ve known you a long time from the police department and even though i’m white you have always been fair to me.  Looking forward to you being our chief.

  • Anonymous

    Color is not the issue it’s the liberal philosophy. Liberalism is sickening, black or white.

  • Anonymous

    He is your president, i know you hate to here it, and i know your racist parents told you
    this would never happen, but they told you a damn lie.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Knucklehead..

    It’s pretty sad to even mention my parents…I’m a grown man, & really don’t need my Mom & Dad to tell me what is up…In fact they are not racists @ all. Republicans true–but so is Clarence Thomas & Bill Cosby..

    Tell me more about your parents…Are you close with them.?.Have you ever met your Dad or Uncle?

    Thank you very much…
    Yungelvis

  • Anonymous

    This is about you & the racist ______    _______ who raised you to follow them
    straight to hell, to join the ones who rasied them that way.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I worked Hurricane Katrina for the Feds for like 7 months…got there right after it all went down…worked in the 9th Ward, St.Bernard Parish, New Orleans East—you name it, I worked it…We helped out many folks there. I would say the majority were in fact African American…I personally made damn certain, that I did my best that all were fed, received loans, or grants $ with no pay back required…Opened my wallet and gave out cash to many…It made me feel that I was actually contributing to a worthwhile cause…
    Up until recently, I recieved calls from various folks in New Orleans, telling me..

    Now, I read racist remarks by you, directed towards me, only becaue I am White…But, in fact this is not shocking, because you basically are stating what many African Americans feel towards me & my race…Which is–you hate me because of the color of my skin…Nothing more–nothing less…I realize all of this, & I hope that the readers of this usually fair Newspaper do as well…