Bunch named the New Chief of Police
January 04, 2010
The Waynesboro Board of Alderman appointed James C. "Jimmy" Bunch as Interim Police Chief on August 6th 2009. Bunch, a veteran of the Waynesboro Police Department was hired as a police in 1986 and has served in different capacities within the Department. After serving as a patrol officer for several years he was transferred to the felony investigations unit of the Department and worked as a narcotics agent with the newly formed "Wayne County Metro Narcotics Unit" which is now the South Mississippi Narcotics Task Force. Bunch also served as a Special Agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics(MBN) during this time. After assignment back to the patrol division Bunch was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1991 and in 1997 accepted a position as a K-9 officer with the department.
In 2006, Bunch was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police until his appointment as Interim Chief of Police in August. On September 23rd 2009, the Waynesboro Board of Aldermen officially named Bunch as the Chief of Police of the Waynesboro Police Department. An official swearing in ceremony was held on October 6th 2009. Chief Bunch has made a commitment to instill professionalism and positive work ethics in the Department's officers. Bunch believes in the "old school" law enforcement standards and traditions. Many law enforcement agencies have gotten away from the traditional ways of serving their communities and Bunch believes officers need to return to these values. Bunch believes that the concept of community policing is a sound one and that needs to return to those basics of putting the shoe leather on the street.