HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department's Assistant Chief announced plans for retirement Wednesday.
Assistant Chief Frank Misenhelter announced his plans to retire from the Hattiesburg Police Department starting in 2018.
"It was my goal from the very beginning to retire where I started, and it has been an honor to serve the full extent of my law enforcement career with the Hattiesburg Police Department," said Misenhelter. "I was born and raised in New Orleans, but I made this place my home. I am grateful for all it has given me."
Misenhelter's career as a police officer began in 1994, where he was awarded accolades for leadership, academics and physical fitness upon graduating from the academy. Since that time, he has served as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain of patrol, major of operations, interim chief of police, and assistant chief.
"Assistant Chief Misenhelter has a storied career, and I'm thankful for the leadership he has provided to the department," said Chief Anthony Parker in an issued news release. "Moving up through the ranks and serving twice as interim chief goes a long way in describing his commitment to the department, his fellow officers and the citizens of Hattiesburg."
During Misnehelter's tenure, he served on the gang and drug unit, as commander for the neighborhood enhancement team, as well as operator, team leader and commander of the Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team. As a certified gang expert, he also played a vital role in the classroom by working with The University of Southern Mississippi and several law enforcement training operations across the state.
According to Misenhelter, advance notice of his summer 2018 retirement will help provide a smooth transition for the Hattiesburg Police Department as Mayor Toby Barker continues to build his administration. He will also finish his service with a deliberate and strategic focus on recruiting Hattiesburg's next class of officers.
"Time and again, Frank Misenhelter has stepped up and led by example, and I am grateful for the time and dedication he has given to the City of Hattiesburg," said Barker in a press release issued by his office. "He has expressed a strong desire to be a part of recruiting the next academy class, and I believe he will play an integral role in recruiting officers who want to begin and serve the entirety of their careers with our city."
Misenhelter is a graduate of the Mississippi Command College at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Before coming to Hattiesburg Police Department, he served eight years with the United States Marine Corps.