- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The mayor of Mississippi’s capital city has nominated a new interim police chief.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced Thursday that he has chosen Assistant Chief James Davis to be the new interim head of the police department.

Davis has more than 20 years’ experience in law enforcement. He will succeed Anthony Moore, who has been the interim leader since Chief Lee Vance retired at the end of 2017. An interim chief can serve six months.

The Jackson City Council will vote on confirming Davis.

News outlets report the search for a permanent chief continues.

The announcement of a new interim chief came hours after authorities found the body of a man who had been beaten to death. The body was outside a city government building near City Hall.

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