In 1995, Chief Phillips departed the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office to accept a position as a Branch Director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission. In this position, Chief Phillips was responsible for enforcing state laws and regulations related the gaming facilities in the State of Mississippi. Chief Phillips oversaw the activities of gaming agents responsible for conducting investigations within Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos. During his tenure with the Mississippi Gaming Commission, Chief Phillips utilized his managerial strengths to establish relationships with casino management officials in the private sector.
In 2001, Chief Phillips accepted a position in the casino industry as Vice President of Security for the Grand Casino of Gulfport. Again, he was charged with overseeing the direct operations of 100+ security employees. In 2005, Chief Phillips became employed as the Vice President of Security for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. One of his primary responsibilities was to recruit, hire, and successfully train 80+ security employees for the newly established casino.
In 2008, with the election of Sheriff Melvin Brisolara, Chief Deputy Phillips was selected as the second in command of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Phillips brings his business-based managerial experience to the office’s administrative philosophy, leading to increased administrative and fiscal responsibility as well as accountability to the Harrison County tax payers.
Chief Phillips is married to Ann Phillips and has two daughters, Riley and Reagan.