STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - From serving in the Navy to serving in law enforcement, Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols has a decorated 31-year career.
Nichols has been a member of the Starkville Police Department for 27 years, but he got his first taste of law enforcement in the Navy just four years before that.
Nichols graduated from Starkville High School at the age of 17 and joined the Navy.
He was stationed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then transferred to San Diego, California to the USS Independence. While there, he had a temporary assignment as a master of arms.
“After my first six months was up, I refused to go back because I loved the job so much,” he said.
Nichols held many roles in the Navy, from an aircraft director to a firefighter on the flight deck, it seems he did it all.
But after his assignment as master of arms, he returned home to Starkville to join the Starkville Police Department in 1992.
Nichols started as a patrolman and was appointed police chief in 2014.
He does not have immediate plans to obtain another career, but he does want to travel and buy a recreational vehicle.
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