Chief Deputy Persundra G. Jones currently serves as the Chief Deputy. Under the administrative direction of the Sheriff, the Chief Deputy is the designated authority of the Sheriff in the overall management of the Sheriff's Office, and is authorized to make decisions on his behalf during the Sheriff's absences. This is an executive staff position that reports directly to the Sheriff and functions as second in charge of the Sheriff's Office. This is advanced administration, supervisory, and technical law enforcement work exercising overall command of the Administrative Division, Communications Division, Investigation Division, Jail Division, Juvenile Division, Operations Division, and Training Division, with the exception of the Executive Administrator to the Sheriff, Commander of Internal Affairs, and Director of Public Relations.
Chief Jones joined the Sheriff's Office in 2003 as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2006, she was promoted to the Criminal Investigation Division as an investigator and was later assigned to Juvenile Investigations. In 2001, she was promoted to Lieutenant of Patrol. She was later assigned to Lieutenant of School Resource Officers. In 2014, she returned to the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2015, she was promoted to Captain of Investigations, later becoming Major of Investigations. In 2020, she became the Commander of Investigations and Administration. She was appointed as Chief in September 2021, becoming the first African American Female to serve in this position for Tunica County Sheriff's Office. Her career here at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office spans over 19 years.
Chief Jones holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Pre-Law from Mary Holmes College of West Point, Mississippi and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University Professional Studies Program.
Chief Jones is a 2004 graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, a graduate of the Mississippi School Association of Resource Officers, a graduate of the University of Mississippi Command College, a graduate of FBI-LEEDA, and a graduate of the National Computer Forensic Institute where she earned her certification as a Mobile Device Examiner. She is a member of the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators, the United States Secret Service Mid-South Electronic Crime Task Force, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Task Force.
Assistant Chief Deputy
Jammie Lewis started his law enforcement career in 2000 with the Tunica County Sheriff's Office as a Jail Officer. Over the past 20 years, Jammie Lewis has held positions as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Captain, Patrol Major, and Commander.
While overseeing the patrol division, he developed strong community engagement ties within the community. He is dedicated to bringing residents together to enhance the quality of life for all.
As Commander, his responsibility was to oversee the Patrol Division, School Resource Officers, as well as the Sheriff's Office specialty units which includes the ERT, K-9, and Color Guard Team. He is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of officers and passing on his knowledge and experience to all officers to make the strong and needed community connections for the future.
On May 4, 2020, Commander Lewis was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy where his position serves as an advanced administration, supervisory, and technical law enforcement work. He exercises supervision of the Administrative Division, Communications Division, Investigation Division, Jail Division, Juvenile Division, Operations Divisions, and Training Division.
Chief Lewis has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northwest Mississippi Community College. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy Class of 2005 and the Mississippi Law Enforcement Command College.
Commander Dennis Hopson, known as "Moon Dog," to many, is a lifelong resident of Tunica County. He is a graduate of Rosa Fort High School, Class of 1996. After graduating high school, he worked at Parker Tractor behind the counter for a few years, establishing lifelong friendships and bonds with many of the people of his community. In 1999, Commander Hopson began his career in law enforcement at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office where he worked as a correctional officer in the jail division.
His calling to serve others was answered in 2003, when he attended the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy. He is a graduate of the MLEOTA - Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #204. Upon his return to Tunica County as a certified deputy, he was assigned to the patrol division as a Deputy Sheriff.
While serving on the patrol division, Commander Hopson developed strong relationships with the citizens of the community, which empowered him with guidance and strength to protect and serve the Tunica County Community.
Commander Hopson was promoted to Corporal in 2005, advancing to Lieutenant the same year. In 2009, Sheriff Hamp appointed him to serve as the fugitive officer for TCSO, and later in 2010 handling warrants for TCSO as well. Commander Hopson excelled in his positions.
In 2014, Commander Hopson received Special Deputation Appointment from the Sheriff to the U. S. Marshals and also was appointed to serve as the Tunica County Fire Investigator. Commander Hopson was promoted to Captain in 2016. As a Captain, his responsibilities included assistance on patrol, serving warrants, court summons, subpoenas; and assisting as a bailiff in all courts.
On December 22, 2021, he was promoted to Commander of Patrol - overseeing the patrol division, school resource officers, SO Special Units - Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Colour Guard. Commander Hopson is a dedicated servant to the jobs that have been bestowed upon him.
Commander Hopson serves with a strong sense of integrity and honor. He is always willing to share his knowledge and experience to all officers to make strong and lasting connections for the future of the department and Tunica County.
Commander Hopson holds an array of certifications - Driving Instructor, Taser Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Crisis Intervention.
Senior Citizen Affairs
Chief Earl Dishmon began his career in law enforcement with the Tunica County Sheriff's Office in 1996 as a patrolman. During his employment with the Sheriff's Office, Chief Dishmon served in numerous capacities as Administrator to the Sheriff, Grants Coordinator and TRIAD liaison. In 2019, Chief Dishmon received his appointment to Chief Deputy of Public Relations for Sheriff Hamp. His duties and responsibilities consisted of working with the senior citizens and youth of Tunica County, as well as the overall public.
Chief Dishmon worked for the Tunica County School District for 28 years from August of 1970 to May 1998. His duties were to oversee the operation of the school, create a safe and comfortable environment for teachers to teach, children to learn, and parents to work cooperatively with the school. During his tenure, his roles transitioned from teacher to Principal of Tunica Junior High School, Principal of Rosa Fort High School, and the Alternative School Director.
Chief Earl Dishmon was born and raised in Tunica County and is a graduate of the Rosa Fort High School Class of 1966. He attended Jackson State University and graduated in May of 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts. Chief Dishmon furthered his education at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and graduated in May 1992 with a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision.
Professional Standards and Training
Major Portia Moore currently serves as the Professional Standards & Training Officer in Internal Affairs commencing July 2022. Internal Affairs investigations are conducted with the authority of the Sheriff, in the event the Sheriff is absent then, the Chief Deputy.
This department thoroughly and expeditiously investigates complaints from citizens, fellow officers, and administrators against department employees who are alleged to have violated criminal law, or breaches of the policy and procedures manual.
Major Moore began her Law Enforcement career with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks in 2006 and graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy, in 2007. Major Moore has worked for several Law Enforcement Agencies during her career; Jackson Police Department, and "Thee" Jackson State University Department of Public Safety where she served as a Shift Sergeant on the Alpha Shift Patrol Division.
Major Moore was born and reared in Jackson, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2002, a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2017, and a Specialist in Education, with a concentration in Psychometry in 2020. She is a proud parent of 1 daughter, Gracee' Lynn Moore.
"The Road to Success is Always Under Construction" author, Lily Tomlin
The Commander of Operations performs assigned professional administrative and supervisory functions of unusual difficulty in the management of the Operations Division within the Sheriff's Office. Commander Clark supervises, directs, and coordinates the management functions relating to Vehicle Maintenance. He inspects and ensures that preventative maintenance is performed and maintains accurate status reports and maintenance reports. He maintains an inventory of vehicles and equipment related to patrol units and documents all vehicle maintenance by computer entry and written documentation. The Commander of Operations provides supervision, direction and coordination of administrative activities of planning, directing, controlling, yearly budget preparation, and its implementation, and the development and implementation of emergency and disaster plans.
Commander Tyler Brown
Training & Recruitment Support Staff
Commander Brown is a Tunica County Native. He is a graduate of Tunica Academy class of 2010. In 2013, Commander Brown's lifelong goal of becoming a law enforcement officer became a reality when he joined the Tunica County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy - Basic Class #243. Commander Brown was promoted to K9 Handler in September of 2013, and attended the Memphis Police K9 Academy with his partner Blade.
Commander Brown briefly left in 2015 and went to work for the Desoto County Sheriff's Office. During his time at DCSO he became an instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Training, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Expert classes. Commander Brown used his instructor certificates by teaching many classes throughout his career in Desoto County. Commander Brown's drive, work ethic, and relationship with his coworkers got him promoted to Sergeant over the DUI Unit.
Commander Brown wanted to bring his wealth of knowledge and training gathered during his ten years in law enforcement back home to Tunica County. He was given the opportunity to do so in March of 2023, when he was appointed as the Commander of Training and Recruitment Support Staff. Commander Brown uses his knowledge and training to recruit potential officers and train them in preparation to attend the training academy.
Since Commander Brown has returned to the Tunica County Sheriff's Office, he has received Instructor certificates in Taser, Handgun, Shotgun and Rifle. Commander Brown has also received a certificate to teach CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events). Commander Brown will use this to help protect the future of Tunica County by teaching the schools, daycares, warehouses, casinos, churches, or any other business that would like to learn what they should do in case of an active shooter. Commander Brown is a Certified Accident Reconstructionist and will utilize it to investigate all accidents on county roads resulting in serious bodily injury or fatality.