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Alcorn State University's Christy Sykes: Claiborne Co. sheriff’s department’s first-ever female chief deputy

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Posted By: Reggie Culpepper on December 14, 2020

An Alcornite made history in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

Christy Sykes, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in workforce education leadership from Alcorn State University, became the Claiborne County Detention Center’s first female chief deputy in the County’s history.

The promotion is an impressive milestone to Sykes because of its historical significance and its job location, which is in her hometown. She was both surprised and grateful upon hearing the good news.

“It feels great to be the first female chief deputy here at home,” said Sykes. “I was shocked and grateful when Sherriff Goods selected me out of all the candidates he interviewed for the position.”

With her appointment, Sykes becomes a role model for current women in law enforcement and women pursuing a career in the field. She encourages women searching for a legal career to maintain a good work ethic and have faith in their abilities.

“I believe that the sky is the limit. I tell all women, especially those in law enforcement, always to do their best even when it seems no one is watching. God takes care of his people, so continue to believe in your dreams.”

Claiborne County Sheriff Edward Goods Sr., who worked with Sykes at Alcorn before being elected sheriff in Claiborne County, was impressed by her dedication to learning and progressing in law enforcement. He’s happy with promoting her and considers her an essential component of the department.

“Chief Sykes and I worked at Alcorn together for 13 years,” said Goods. “I sat back and watched her take advantage of Alcorn’s educational programs by earning multiple degrees.



After watching her progress, knowing all of her credentials, seeing how dedicated she was to Alcorn, and praying about my decision, I knew it was the right choice to make. I’m the politician, but she is the backbone of our department.”

Working in Alcorn’s police department for more than a decade equipped Sykes for her current role. Sykes said that Alcorn gave her countless opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skills. She thanks the University and its police department for preparing her for excellence.

“I learned report writing, traffic control, patience, and how to listen to what’s going on around me. I built a relationship with students, which is something I’m continuing to do as chief. Alcorn paid for my education and offered training opportunities that I took advantage of. The opportunities that Alcorn provided is what makes me who I am today.”


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Alcorn State University is the nation’s first public, historically black, Morrill land-grant university. Alcorn State offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 50 top-degree programs. Located on 1700 acres in Lorman, Mississippi, with branches in Vicksburg and Natchez, the University is celebrating 150 years of academic excellence. In addition to its generous scholarship opportunities, Alcorn has earned nationwide recognition in nursing, biology, music, technology, agricultural research, and the liberal arts. Outside of the classroom, students are involved in NCAA Division I athletics as well as more than 40 organizations and clubs, including student-run radio and television stations, study abroad, and the 200-strong Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite Marching Band featuring the Golden Girls.
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