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Sheriff Ricky Adam

Sheriff Ricky Adam is a lifelong resident of Hancock County.  The son of Clayton R. Adam Sr. and Carolyn Ladner Adam, Sheriff Adam siblings consist of five (5) brothers and three (3) sisters.  Sheriff Adam is married and the proud parent of three (3) sons and two (2) daughters.

A graduate from Bay High School and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College receiving an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

For years, Sheriff Adam was a Real Estate Agent on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Prior to being elected Sheriff, he served for ten (10) years as an elected Hancock County Justice Court Judge.  As a Justice Court Judge, he had jurisdiction over small claims civil cases involving amounts of $3,500 or less, misdemeanor criminal cases and any traffic offense.  In addition, he conducted bond hearings and preliminary hearings in felony criminal cases and issued search warrants. In conjunction with his judicial duties, Sheriff Adam completed over 200 hours of continuing education with the Mississippi Judicial College, Oxford, MS.
As a Justice Court Judge, Sheriff Adam was in a reactionary role addressing criminal and civil issues within his beloved community. 
Sheriff Adam was elected in November 2011 as Hancock County Sheriff, Sheriff Adam was sworn in to his position in January 2012.  Being the Chief Law Enforcement Executive for the county, Sheriff Adam assumed a proactive role in fighting crime responsible for an estimated $7,000,000.00 budget with approximately 161 sworn employees to protect and serve an area approximately 553 square miles with an estimated population of 45,000 residents.   Undertaking this task, Sheriff Adam reconstructed his administration with highly qualified and experienced law enforcement administrators which is evident by the drastic reduction in crime in the county as well as the Hancock County Adult Sheriff  (HCADC) being recently accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA).  The HCADC received a score of 100 proving compliance with all National Standards for a facility of this size. Leading his office from the newly constructed, state of the art Hancock County Public Service Complex, Sheriff Adam has raised the benchmark of his office to a recognized standard of honesty, professionalism and integrity for all his personnel. 
Chief Deputy Don Bass

Chief Deputy Don Bass began his law enforcement career in 1973 with the New Orleans (LA) Police Department (NOPD), closing this segment of his law enforcement career with his retirement from the NOPD in 2000. Chief Bass’ tenure with the NOPD covered a variety of areas but for twenty-seven (27) years, his focus was on criminal investigations and supervisory positions. Chief Bass and his family relocated to Hancock County in 2000.

In 2000, Chief Bass joined the Long Beach (MS) Police Department (LBPD) as a Criminal Investigator. Chief Bass progressed through the ranks of the LBPD as a Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant in charge of Criminal Investigation culminating in his appointment as the Assistant Chief of Police under Chief Wayne McDowell.

In 2012, with the election of Sheriff Ricky Adam, Chief Bass was selected as Sheriff Adam’s Deputy Chief which is the second in command of the Hancock County (MS) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).  Chief Bass brings to the HCSO experience in both criminal investigations and management skills, including fiscal planning and professional accountability of the employees of the HCSO.

Chief Bass has attended advanced studies provided by Delgado College, Loyola University, Tulane University, University of Southern Mississippi and most recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety regarding Police Staff and Command. These educational privileges have been a great asset to his management positions in his tenure in law enforcement.

Chief Bass is married to Marlene Bass.  They have three (3) adult children: Amanda, Brandon and Zachary.  Brandon and Zachary continue the Bass Family law enforcement legacy as deputies with the St. Tammany (LA) Sheriff’s Office  and HCSO respectively.

Executive Secretary Rebecca Ruspoli
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