Local named interim MSU police chief

From Press, Staff Reports


A Webster County native has been named interim head of the Mississippi State University Police Department.

“The MSU Police Department is being led by Interim Chief Kenneth Spencer and that leadership will continue as the university evaluates the department’s permanent future leadership structure,” said Bill Kibler, MSU vice president for student affairs, in a Friday release.

Kibler announced the appointment along with the resignation of Georgia Lindley from her position as MSU police chief effective Tuesday. She will remain on leave until that date, when she will begin retirement. She joined MSUPD in 1979 and became chief in 2005.

“As always, MSU’s primary focus is on maintaining a culture of safety, security and proactive community policing for our students, faculty, staff and our campus visitors,” Kibler said. “We have great confidence in the men and women who comprise our MSU Police Department.”

Lindley resigned from her post one day after she was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to news reports. Spencer, who was serving as assistant chief, was named interim police chief Dec. 19 after Lindley was initially placed on administrative leave.

Spencer has been a member of the MSU Police Department since December 1992. He is a native of Bellefontaine and graduated from Eupora High School in 1980. He received his law enforcement training at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy in Pearl in July 1993.

He holds a certificate in church leadership from Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a certificate in criminal justice and correction, and a master’s in instructional technology from Mississippi State.