Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace confirmed to the Vicksburg Daily News that Bobby Stewart will officially join the Warren County Sheriff’s Department as Chief Deputy on April 1, 2022.
Stewart worked for the city of Vicksburg for 34 years, 31 of which were with the police department. He retired as Adam-2, Deputy Chief on June 30, 2021. In his resignation letter, he stated:
“Working alongside my law enforcement colleagues for the past 31 years has been one of the best experiences of my life. As a valued member of the Vicksburg Police Department, I have served the citizens of Vicksburg in the Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Narcotics, K-9 divisions and as a member of administration. I have also served many city leaders and witnessed decisions firsthand that have had a positive and negative effect on the direction of the City of Vicksburg.
Stewart told the Vicksburg Daily News, “I look forward to serving the community and am thrilled to begin this new chapter of my life with the Warren County Sheriff‘s Office and working with Sheriff Pace and this team of Law Enforcement to the Sheriff’s Office. I am thrilled to be able to continue to serve the citizens of Warren County.”
Of Stewart’s hiring, the Sheriff said, “We are proud to have Chief Stewart on board with the Sheriff’s Office. He started as a Patrol Officer, was promoted to Sergeant as a K-9 Officer, then was promoted to Lieutenant where for 8 years he oversaw the Narcotics Division. Then he was promoted to captain where he was on all surveys. This includes general investigations, narcotics, evidence and property. Then he spent 8 years as deputy head in an administrative position as deputy head of the department. In this capacity, he worked not only with the operational side of the department, but also with grants, budget and equipment. It is therefore a very complete administrative agent.
The Sheriff then announced promotions and new assignments today.
“Silento McMorris is 18 years in law enforcement, has worked in the sheriff’s office for 7 years and is currently a watch sergeant. He has been promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as a Patrol Supervisor within the Uniform Patrol Division. McMorris spent 8 years of active duty with the United States Marine Corp and graduated as a sergeant.
Lt. Stacy Rollison was in law enforcement in Warren County for 18 years and spent 11 of those years in investigations, most recently as a sergeant in the investigations unit. Prior to her 18 years in law enforcement, she attended Hinds Community College and spent 7 years on active duty in the US Army. She was promoted to Lieutenant for Investigations and Evidence.
Sam Winchester worked in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years and in the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. He spent 14 years in the US Army Reserve as a Staff Sergeant. He has a master’s degree from Alcorn State University, and for years Winchester ran WCSO’s boat patrol operations. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator and for several years has been assigned to the Detective Unit as an investigator. Winchester was promoted to lieutenant for special operations which includes search and rescue, any type of open ground search and recovery effort on land and water. He is the liaison with the Central Mississippi Overland Search Group. He will be responsible for all boat operations which includes not only law enforcement including rivers and harbor but also special boat needs such as drowning operations and things like that. He will also coordinate much of the department’s training. Winchester is also the liaison for the Coast Guard and with Mema for operations. Winchester is, among other things, the principal driving instructor for the state police academy and the Mississippi officer training academy.
Linda Pugh will remain as the prison administrator. Pugh holds a master’s degree from Alcorn and Jackson State. She has worked for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for 36 years, including more than 20 years as the county jail administrator.
Jesse Tilley will serve as a lieutenant for prison security and operations. He will be in charge of the personnel and security of the facility, including the maintenance and overall mechanical running of the infrastructure of the prison itself. Tilley has 13 years with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the last 3 1/2 years as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division. Before coming to Warren County, Tilley worked in the New York prison system.
Vincent Woods has 13 years with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the last 7 have been as a Sgt. He was promoted to lieutenant for all court services including bailiffs, courthouse security, civil and criminal process services such as warrants and summonses, local and out-of-state prisoner transportation , including extradition.
Sheriff Pace added, “This department leadership team represents 153 years of experience, that doesn’t include me. If you include my 42 years, that’s 195 years of law enforcement experience heading the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Let me go on to say that this is a team of well educated, well trained and highly professional, highly skilled officers who will fill leadership positions within the sheriff’s office. I am very excited about the new positions and we look forward to continuing to serve Vicksburg and Warren County in the most professional manner possible.