City of Moss Point Executive Leadership Team

 City Clerk Tricia ThigpenTRICIA THIGPEN, CITY CLERK

Tricia Thigpen has over nineteen years of public service experience, including ten years as a deputy city clerk. Ms. Thigpen began her career with the City of Moss Point in May 2018 as the Deputy City Clerk. She assisted the Office of the City Clerk by developing and preparing agendas for the Board of Aldermen meetings and composing the meeting minutes. In August 2018, Ms. Thigpen was appointed City Clerk for Moss Point. She is a 1985 graduate of Pascagoula High School and attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Thigpen is a certified administration support specialist through the MS State Personnel Board. She completed the city clerk’s certification and graduated in June 2020. City Clerk’s Professional Statement: As a City Clerk, it is my responsibility to be a steward and protector of the democratic processes, such as elections and access to official records, and to comply with federal, state, and local statutes. I also have to support the mayor and board of aldermen in reaching their innovation, transparency, and fairness goals while promoting community participation and awareness.


Amy Lassitter St. Pe’ is a 1996 University of Southern Mississippi graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While attending USM, she received the Parham Bridges Finance and Real Estate Award and the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors Award. She is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Amy studied international real estate, insurance, and economics at the London School of Economics in 1996, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a master’s in business administration in 1997, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2002 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. She attended law school on a full academic scholarship. Amy was Senior Editor of the MS College Law Review, a finalist in the Moot Court competition at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, and a Founding Member of the S.T.A.R. (student, tutoring, assisting, and recruiting) Program at MS College. She served as Senator At Large and was the published author of an article in the Mississippi Medical Journal on the constitutionality of the death penalty for the mentally ill. Amy is licensed to practice law in the states of Mississippi and Alabama. She has privileges before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi and Alabama, the Mississippi Supreme Court, and the Mississippi Court of Appeals. She has over 21 years of experience practicing law and has been with the City of Moss Point for the past 15 years, serving under five mayors and boards. Governor Reeves appointed her to serve on the RESTORE ACT infrastructure committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for Merchants & Marine Bank and in many leadership roles in Jackson County involving economic development and the redevelopment of downtowns. Amy also serves as a municipal judge.  As Moss Point's advisor, Amy strives to work with all departments to advise and proactively resolve issues. She has historical knowledge of issues for the city, which makes her such an asset in all aspects of government.  Her goal is always to be accessible to the employees, mayor, and board, no matter how large or small the problem may be for the city. 


Veneice A. Barnett studied psychology at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. Her training and professional development have not stopped on those hollow grounds either. She possesses knowledge and resources from various local, state, and private agencies. She has an ASCP Certification with the State Personnel Board’s Administrative Support Certification Program, an HRCP Certification with the State Personnel Board’s Human Resources Certification Program, and a Notary Public Commission under the State of Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. Her career spans eighteen-plus years, and she has spent the last sixteen years in progressively responsible roles in the City of Gautier and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. In November 2021, her commitment to public service drew her back to municipal government at the City of Moss Point. Veneice currently resides in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and enjoys poetry, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and mentoring youth while leading and serving as a member of her sorority and Masonic organizations.


Chief Brandon Ashley started his law enforcement career with the City of Moss Point Police Department as a patrolman in early 2001. Chief Ashley has held various positions and titles within the Moss Point Police Department, including corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, patrol commander, and deputy chief. He is a 2001 graduate of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute. He has completed numerous training hours on law enforcement topics and leadership, including the FBI Ms. Law Enforcement Command College, first- and second-line supervision training, and executive management training for chiefs of police. Chief Ashley is married to Talonda Ashley, and they have four children: Landon, Sadie, Shelby, and Levi. Chief Ashley, along with the Moss Point Police Department, strives every day to provide the best public safety service to all citizens and visitors of the City of Moss Point.


Chief Wade is proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a First Sergeant after 24 years of service. He began his career in the fire service in Laurel, Mississippi, before moving to the Hattiesburg Fire Department in 2004. While at Hattiesburg, he moved through the ranks to become Assistant Fire Chief. In addition to holding a Fire Protection Technology degree, Chief Wade has achieved many certifications, such as Smoke Diver, Fire Officer, Investigator, Search and Rescue, Certified Advanced Rescue Specialist, and numerous other certifications in Hazardous Material Response. Additionally, he is a certified law enforcement officer. While serving as the fire chief, Chief Wade desires to improve Moss Point's fire rating and build staffing to protect life, property, and the environment for our citizens and visitors. 


Shon was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, due to her father’s service in the United States Navy. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and psychology. Shon graduated from Regent University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate. Shon was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2007 and joined Zoby, Broccoletti, and Normile, P.C., as an associate attorney. From 2008 to 2013, Shon served as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney at the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, where she handled misdemeanor and felony crimes in juvenile court, general district court, and circuit court. Shon also served as the community court liaison. She worked with three multi-disciplinary teams to administer each therapeutic court program in Norfolk Circuit Court, including the Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Re-entry Docket, and Veterans Treatment Court. In 2013, Shon relocated to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, was admitted to the Mississippi Bar, and opened Ellerby Law, LLC. She also served as the city prosecutor for the city of Moss Point. In 2014, Shon joined the Office of the District Attorney for the Nineteenth District as an assistant district attorney. She was the first African-American woman to serve in that role. In 2022, Shon returned to private practice and became Ellerby Law, LLC's owner and managing attorney. In December 2002, the Board of Aldermen for the City of Moss Point unanimously appointed her to serve the city as its Municipal Court Judge. Shon is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the Virginia State Bar, the Jackson County Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, the NAACP, and the Mississippi Municipal Judges Association. She is also a board member for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Jackson County Small Business Incubator. Shon is a former board member of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and a former member of the National District Attorneys Association. Shon is married to Moss Point native Clifford Ellerby, and they have one daughter and one son.