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McComb hires LC sheriff’s investigator after firing 4 top employees Tuesday

Lincoln County sheriff’s investigator Damian Gatlin has been hired as McComb’s new police chief.

McComb’s city board on Tuesday fired four top employees — police Chief Scott McKenzie, city attorney Wayne Dowdy, city Judge Danny Smith and city prosecutor David Brewer.

The upheaval follows turnover in city elections.

The board is hiring state Rep. Angela Cockerham as city attorney, Michael Shareef as city judge, Dawn Stough as city prosecutor and Gatlin as police chief.

All four African American selectmen voted against McKenzie’s continued employment, though he’d been recommended by City Administrator Kelvin Butler. The majority also rejected extending McKenzie’s employment until Dec. 1, when he’d be eligible for retirement.

Monday, Mayor Quordiniah Lockley said he’s the only city employee who can speak to a reporter.