New mayor plans to fire police chief

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Incoming Petal mayor Hal Marx is pushing the city's police chief out the door.

Chief Lee Shelbourn said Mayor Elect Hal Marx verbally told him he would no longer be police chief after July 6.

Shelbourn has been chief of police for nearly eight years and said he has enjoyed serving the people of Petal.

Shelbourn said he is not sure if he is retiring or if he will seek employment elsewhere.

Shelbourn has been in law enforcement for almost 40 years.