City of Moss Point Executive Leadership Team
TRICIA 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,’ CITY ATTORNEY
VENEICE BARNETT, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR AND RISK MANAGEMENT
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.
BRANDON ASHLEY, CHIEF OF POLICE
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.
DANIEL WADE, CHIEF OF FIRE
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.
NESHONDRIA ELLERBY, MUNICIPAL JUDGE
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.