R. Frank Nichols, Chief of Police
Chief R. Frank Nichols began his law enforcement career on December 21, 1992 with the Starkville(MS) Police Department. He rose from the rank of Patrolman up to being appointed the Chief of Police February 4, 2014. He's served in many operations and administrative capacities.
Chief Nichols hold an Associate of Arts Degree from East Mississippi Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree from Troy University. Chief Nichols is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy class #255.
Chief Nichols has also worked as a Lecturer/Adjunct Instructor in the Sociology/Criminology Department at Mississippi State University and East Mississippi Community College. He's a military veteran of the United States Navy and United States Army National Guard where he was deployed to Operation Desert Shield (1990) and Operation Iraqi Freedom III (2005). He's received numerous medals and awards.
Additionally, Nichols has received a Community Achievement Award (Oktibbeha County Branch NAACP), Outstanding Professional of the Year (Southern Criminal Justice Association), Lifetime Achievement Award (Second Baptist Church), a Humanitarian Award (WM Stringer Grand Masonic Lodge), Masonic Man of the Year Award, Phi Beta Sigma Man of the Year Award, and he was inducted into the Starkville High School Hall of Famous. Nichols is also a former American Powerlifting Association (APA) heavy weight bench press champion. He once bench pressed 585 lbs.
He's the father of two sons; Reynolds 21 years old and Jaxsen 10 years old.