Another Delta police chief recently announced his resignation. Chief Albert Carter top law enforcement officer for the Inverness police forced announced his plans to leave the position and take on a new role as a Parole Probation Agent 1 at the Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood.
The 25-year law enforcement veteran began his career in Humphreys County with the city police and then the sheriff’s office. He also did a stint with the Indianola department before ending up in Inverness.
Carter said he started with the Inverness department in 2009 and has enjoyed his tenure. He was assistant chief to Edrick Hall when he was leading that department and took over as chief when Hall assumed the Indianola top cop’s position.
Amid those positions, the Belzoni native also worked for the Delta Correctional Facility when it was a privately-owned prison and served a brief time as a correctional officer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Carter said he had applied for the probation agent position some time ago but the posting was taken down, but when it reopened his application was accepted. He has already completed all of his pre-employment screenings and is ready for the next training class.
Carter said he likes the personal feel of a small town. “You know the people, you get to know them, you see the children grow up, you’re there to comfort loved ones, you’re there when they get married, have a child, you know all of it,” he said. However, he said his new role will give him a chance to further his career in law enforcement.
“I can’t say anything about my tour here in Inverness except that I have really enjoyed it, I enjoyed the people, they made my job so easy,” said Carter. He asserts that his staff has been great also. “They really pulled together and did what they needed to do,” he said.
Carter said under his administration they have enacted several measures to keep the children and community safe and he hopes the new person will continue his efforts. Carter said he is also hoping the staff will be increased to eight officers including the chief and assistant and that a new patrol unit will also be purchased.
Carter offered his gratitude to the citizens and the current and former city hall staff for their support. He said his new employer wanted him to start a few days after he tendered his resignation, but he wanted make sure the citizens were secure. “With this job you have to make sure everything is covered or it could cost someone their life,” he said.
He said he is going to take a short vacation before assuming the position. According to him, the next class starts on August 15.