Mayor Riley Smith announced the appointment of Casey Whitehead as the new Chief of Police for DeQuincy during the City Council’s meeting on Monday, June 10.
Whitehead built a distinguished record of service as an officer for the DeQuincy Police Department, where he has worked for the past eight years serving as a narcotics officer and traffic officer. He has extensive training in all aspects of patrolling, investigations, interrogation, and officer safety.
He says he will have an open door policy with the public and plans to be a hands-on chief, working with all business owners and citizens. He believes in striving to keep the department outfitted with the latest technology, equipment and training. He will oversee all matters related to law enforcement. In that capacity, he will work with regional law enforcement partners with respect to public safety, emergency management, and crime prevention.
Chief Whitehead says he will be a working chief and lead by example. He will be in uniform, wearing a gun and responding to crimes with his officers, assisting in investigations, and being the first man through the door.
His mission statement is: “Is it fair and Christian? Is it legal and morally ethical? Is it good for the citizens of DeQuincy?”
Whitehead is married to Joni Gearen Whitehead and they have five children Katlyn, Austin, and Ashley Whitehead and Casey and Haleigh Smith; and one granddaughter, Kyra Slaydon.