Patrol captain named Tupelo deputy chief

By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

David Ledbetter, a 19-year veteran with Tupelo's Police Department, was named Monday the deputy police chief for the patrol division.

Ledbetter, a captain and commander of one of the department's four patrol shifts, assumed the new position immediately, Chief of Police Jerry Crocker announced.

"I'm certainly very pleased by the appointment and by the confidence the chief has shown in me," Ledbetter, 41, said. "I think we will see great things in the (department's) future. ..."

The promotion apparently concludes a command overhaul of the department that began with the resignation of former Police Chief Billy White early this year. White left to take a post with the Jackson Police Department.

Crocker, then the department's only deputy chief, was named interim chief pending a search for a replacement for White. Crocker earlier this month was officially given the job, a move that drew the unanimous support of City Council.

Ledbetter becomes one of two deputy chiefs in the reorganized department, which had suffered adverse publicity over recent months.

Former Internal Revenue Service criminal investigator Bill Gibson was named deputy chief of investigations earlier this month.

A Belmont High School graduate, Ledbetter joined the Tupelo force in 1977, immediately after graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in public administration.

Starting as a patrolman, he was promoted to sergeant in the mid-1980s, was made a lieutenant a short time later, and was promoted to captain in 1992.

Ledbetter and his wife, Dianne, have two daughters and a son, ages 14, 12 and 4.

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