Marshand Crisler has been named interim Hinds County Sheriff in the wake of Sheriff Lee Vance’s passing.
The announcement of his position as interim sheriff comes just two days after Sheriff Lee Vance was laid to rest at the MS Coliseum on Saturday, August 14, bringing his Watch to an end. Vance died of cardiorespiratory failure after weeks of recuperating from COVID-19 on August 3rd. He was 63 years old.
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in the reconvened portion of their regular meeting held Monday, August 16. Board President, Supervisor Credell Calhoun, along with Supervisors Vern Gavin and Bobby “Bobcat” McGowan, voted in favor of the appointment and Supervisors David Archie and Robert Graham abstained from voting.
“It’s hard to get a unanimous vote on anything and for me to receive this type of vote from the Board of Supervisors, I’m honored,” says Crisler.
“One of the first things that we are going to do is, do an analysis of what’s being done, what’s working, and what isn’t. We will do a complete SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) analysis.”
Crisler was sworn in by Judge Faye Peterson surrounded by several deputy sheriffs.
Crisler has dedicated his life to public service. He earned his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice from Hinds Community College and Jackson State University, respectively. He then earned his Master of Public Policy and Administration with a concentration on Community and Economic Development and his PhD. in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State.
Crisler has 20 years of military experience. He served in the United States Air Force during the time of the Persian Gulf War, retiring with the rank of Major. He also held the title of commander of the 112th Military Police Battalion and served as the Deputy Director of Security Forces in Mississippi’s Air National Guard’s 172nd Security Forces Squadron Airlift Wing.
In addition to serving in the military, Crisler has run for and held public office on and off for the past twenty years. He became the first African American police chief of the town of Utica, MS in 1999. After that, he became a Jackson City Councilmember up until the time he ran for Jackson mayor in 2009, making it to the Democratic primary runoff against Harvey Johnson.
He won the Democratic primary for MS Transportation Commissioner-Central District, but fell short against Republican Dick Hall in 2011. And in 2013, Crisler ran in a special election to fill Senator Alice Harden’s seat in District 28 of the MS State Senate after her death. He narrowly lost the election – by a little over 200 votes – to now Senator Sollie Norwood.
Under Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber’s administration, Crisler served as Commissioner of Public Safety and Chief Administrative Officer. Crisler is also no stranger to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office. He has a long history with the HCSO as he served as a narcotics investigator from 1992-2009.
The interim sheriff position will take effect on immediately. And there will be a special election for Hinds County Sheriff on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.