Judge nominated as Mississippi public safety commissioner
Published 4:19 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020
(AP) — Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell of Gulfport is in line to become the new public safety commissioner in Mississippi.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced his nomination of Tindell on Wednesday. It must be confirmed by the state Senate.
Tindell served as a Republican in the Senate from 2012 until he was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Phil Bryant in 2017.
The previous public safety commissioner, Marshall Fisher, held the job from 2017 until the end of 2019. He retired as Bryant was preparing to end his second term. Reeves became governor in mid-January.
The commissioner is the head of the Department of Public Safety, which includes the Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
The department also handles driver’s license services, and licensing stations have had problems with long lines and long waiting times in recent years. Tindell said Wednesday that he will focus on fixing those problems.