Chief William “Whit” Read was appointed as Chief of
the Police Department in September, 2012. Chief Read
has over 21 years experience in law enforcement. Chief
Read is responsible for a department of over 40 employees
who are dedicated to providing professional law enforcement
to the citizens and visitors of Clarksdale. Members of the
Police Department receive regular professional training and
are provided up to date equipment to assist them. Chief Read
is responsible for administration, supervision and professional
public safety assistance work in planning, coordinating and
directing the activities of the Police Department.
Chief Read works under the general guidance and
direction of the Board of Mayor and Commissioners
and is under the daily supervision and direction of the Mayor.