STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Police Department will begin the new year with a new police chief.
Police Chief Frank Nichols announced his retirement in the summer, and his last day was Tuesday.
Frank Nichols (standing right)
Dec. 31, 2019
Starkville officials and citizens gathered Tuesday morning to see the change of command.
Nichols had worked for the Department for nearly three decades and said the day is bittersweet.
He’s confident in the Department's leadership.
Ballard’s background in law enforcement dates back to 1996 as a patrolman.
He most recently served as Administrative Commander.