October 12th 2022 – BRANDON MS – The City of Brandon welcomed a new Police Chief recently, Mr Wayne Dearman. Chief Dearman was sworn in by Brandon Mayor Butch Lee at the Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday October 3rd 2022.
Chief Dearman is a native of Leakesville, Mississippi, where he graduated from Greene County High School in 1990. As a Junior there, he joined the Mississippi National Guard. He then spent six years serving with the 890th Engineer Battalion. He began his law enforcement career in 1993 as an officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, where he later became a K-9 Officer. During this time, in 1994, he also joined the Leakesville Police Department as a part-time Patrolman. In 2000, Wayne graduated from the Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 55. During his tenure with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS), he served in numerous roles before retiring as a Lieutenant with the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) in 2022. These roles included Executive Protection with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, assigned to the Governor and the Mississippi Speaker of the House for six years. Wayne also served as a TAC Officer at the Mississippi Highway Patrol Training Academy, Director of Emergency Operations for DPS, Statewide ESF-13 Coordinator, and MHP Law Enforcement Communications Coordinator. Wayne made Rankin County and Brandon home 22 years ago, where he resides with his wife Carla and their youngest daughter, Carley. Wayne and Carla also have two adult children, son Blake and daughter Ryan.
The Brandon community welcomes Chief Dearman.