03 Jul 2018

New faces in high ranking positions at MDCC

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Chief Clifton King Debra Martin

MOORHEAD – During the June Board of Trustees meeting, Clifton King was promoted to Chief of Police for the MDCC Campus Police force while Debra Martin was welcomed to campus as the Director of Financial Aid.

Each in a large role of service to faculty, staff and students, which is why Chief King says he was fascinated with law enforcement from an early age. 

“I always admired police and the work they did and how they display professionalism. I’m very excited to be here as Chief,” he says.

Chief King, originally from Minter City with connections to Itta Bena and Greenwood, graduated from Greenwood High School in 1984 and headed straight for the Army where he served for 20 years. He graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1997 and two years later graduated from the MDCC Law Enforcement Training Academy. 

He worked for the Mississippi Department of Corrections before coming to MDCC in 2004 as a part-time patrolman and served in Iraq from 2004-2005. Chief King also served as Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Police for the City of Moorhead and takes pride in the fact that his mentor the late Chief Henry Manuel hired him to work for both the city and MDCC. 

Chief King has served as Interim Chief of Police for MDCC since the passing of Manual in February. He admired Chief Manuel for his wisdom, knowledge, skills and professionalism he provided and carries those with him as he leads his new department with the vision of safety as a priority.

“We strive to keep everyone in a safe environment because safety comes first. It’s good to be in a place where you’ve worked for 15 years and know everyone and what needs to be done to keep everyone safe,” Chief King says. 

“I want to thank the MDCC family for giving me the opportunity to serve them.”

Martin, originally from Charleston, touts over 19 years of experience in financial aid and higher education. 

Before coming to MDCC, she worked in human resources and payroll for the East Tallahatchie School District and prior to that she served as bookkeeper for the Leflore County Tax Collector from 2014-17. From 1994 to 2013, she served as a Financial Aid Officer and Electronic Data Exchange Coordinator respectfully for MVSU. 

She graduated from Charleston High School in 1989 and earned a B.S. in Accounting from MVSU in 1996.

Martin wants to be a face to recognize on campus and in the community so students feel comfortable in her office and dealing with her department. She plans to be more involved with the recruiting process by attending events with the counselors and recruiters to assist with any financial aid questions or road blocks they may encounter. 

“By attending recruiting events, I feel I can be more hands on with students and parents with their financial aid process,” she says.   

“Making sure the parents and students are informed about different financial options including scholarships and other aid to help with their cost is a primary goal of mine.”

Martin is a mother of one daughter, Dr. Jessica Lewis, but considers herself a mom to many. She likes to spend her spare time with friends, family, listening to music, dancing and traveling.