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New Director Appointed For Mississippi Bureau of Investigation



Press Release from MS Dept. of Public Safety:

JACKSON, Miss. – Today, Commissioner Sean Tindell announced the appointment of James  “Jimmy” Herzog as the Lieutenant Colonel and Director of the Mississippi Bureau of  Investigation (MBI). He will assume this position on February 1st, 2024.  

“I congratulate Jimmy Herzog on his appointment as Lieutenant Colonel,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “Jimmy has had an extraordinary law enforcement career that has spanned three decades.  In that time, he distinguished himself as a dedicated public servant who is committed to protecting and serving Mississippians. MBI will be well-served under his leadership.” 

Herzog is an accomplished professional with three decades of experience in law enforcement and has built a distinguished career throughout Mississippi beginning at the Mississippi Department of  Public Safety and Mississippi Highway Patrol.  

Since July 2022, he has been serving as Chief of Security at the Mississippi Department of  Agriculture. Before assuming this position, Herzog retired from MBI, where he held diverse roles over the years. Notably, he served as the Captain overseeing the Special Operations and Major  Crime Unit, which managed the Amber and Silver Alert System. Additionally, Herzog played a  pivotal role in the creation of the Endangered and Missing Child Alert System for the State of  Mississippi. 

“I want to extend my greatest personal appreciation and sincerest congratulations to Jimmy  Herzog as he assumes this leadership role at the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Since coming to MDAC in 2022, Jimmy has successfully implemented a comprehensive security plan for the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, working to create a true multi-agency Security Task Force that has been highly successful,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy  Gipson. “We are grateful for Jimmy’s expertise and professionalism, and we look forward to  continuing our close collaboration with Commissioner Tindell and his excellent team at DPS,  including now Lt. Col. Herzog as he embarks on his new post as Director of MBI.”

Over the course of Herzog’s career, he has completed the New York State Police Homicide  Investigation School, FBI Hostage Negotiation School, and FBI SWAT Team School. His achievements include receiving the Secret Service Award and the Law Enforcement Appreciation  Award for his instrumental role in apprehending the murderer of Sheriff Lloyd Jones, among numerous other accomplishments. 

“I am delighted to welcome Director Herzog back to the Department of Public Safety team,” said  Commissioner Sean Tindell. “I am confident that his tenure as Director at MBI will be marked by great achievements. His wealth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly contribute to  the agency’s continued progress and growth.”  

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