Command Staff Members

Major Ron Pullen, Investigations Division

Certified Law Enforcement Officer

Since 1994



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Major Ron Pullen graduated from Biloxi High School in 1975 and attended college at the Jeff Davis Jr. College, Gulfport, Mississippi Campus, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology.

Major Pullen began his career in law enforcement in 1992 with the Biloxi Police Department as a patrol officer. After graduating in 1994 from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Basic Academy, Major Pullen went to work with the Gulfport Police Department.

In 2000, Major Pullen came on board with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office as a Lieutenant in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division. He was promoted to Captain in 2004. On January 1, 2009 Major Pullen was selected as the Major in Charge of Investigations, which includes the subdivisions of Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Division, Communications, Warrants, Public Records, Crime Scene/Evidence , and Sex Offender Registration.

Major Pullen is married to Mary, has two sons, Jamie and Jeremy, a daughter, Courtnay and two beautiful granddaughters, Rieligh and Faith Ann.

Major Tony Sauro, Enforcement Division

Certified Law Enforcement Officer

Since April 1987



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Major Tony Sauro is a graduate of J.C.B. High School in New York State. Major Sauro enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman at the age of eighteen and went on to attend the Armed Services Police Academy at Lackland Air Force Base. He was eventually assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi and continued his military career by attending the Police Investigator’s Academy where he earned his USAF police investigator credentials. Major Sauro performed the duties of a Police Investigator in the United States Air Force until the end of his enlistment.

In 1987, Major Sauro began his tenure at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, working in such roles as a Patrol Deputy, Criminal Investigator, Narcotics Investigator and Criminal Interdiction Officer. He also served as a D.E.A. Task Force member for a period of two years. Major Sauro is a certified canine handler and has been instrumental in building a state of the art canine facility, which houses nine canine teams currently employed by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

Major Sauro has attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi working towards a degree in Criminal Justice. Major Sauro is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy class 220.

In 2008, with the election of Sheriff Melvin Brisolara, Major Sauro was selected as the Major in Charge of the Enforcement Division, which includes the subdivisions of Patrol, Criminal Interdiction Patrol, School Resource Officers, Sheriff’s Reserve, Mounted Unit, Marine and Beach Patrol, Canine Division and Explorers.

Major Vandy Mitchell, Administrative Division
Major Vandy Mitchell

Certified Law Enforcement Officer

Since June 1994



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Major Vandy Mitchell graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Criminal Justice. As a Safety Officer for the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, he was responsible for supervising an aggressive safety inspection program to detect and correct hazardous conditions as well as developing safety/loss prevention and environmental management policies,
procedures and standards for Harrison County.

Once promoted to the position of Personnel Director for Harrison County, Major Mitchell reviewed existing benefit programs to control cost, recommending major changes. In 2004, he presented a comprehensive plan to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors that saved county taxpayers over two million dollars while maintaining a competitive benefit package for county employees.

Major Mitchell left Harrison County government in 2006 to work for FEMA as the Deputy Administrative Officer in Human Resources where he oversaw a direct staff of seventeen but was actively involved in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of hundreds of employees responsible for providing aid to Mississippi residents after Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure with FEMA, Major Mitchell oversaw the payroll department and was key in soliciting improved personnel benefits for government employees.

In 2008, with the election of Sheriff Melvin Brisolara, Major Mitchell was selected as the Major in Charge of the Administrative Division, which includes the subdivisions of Process Service, Warrants and Extradition, Prisoner Transport, Baliffs and Courthouse Security, Purchasing, Payroll and Human Resources.

Major Mitchell is married to Stephanie and has one daughter, Natalie.

Major David Sanderson, Warden - Corrections Division
Major David Sanderson

Certified Law Enforcement Officer

Since 1999



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David Sanderson graduated from Harrison Central High School in 1986 and immediately joined the United States Air Force where he became a member of the Security Forces career field. In 1996, Major Sanderson graduated from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, which allowed him to cross over into the Equal Opportunity and Treatment career field, becoming an Investigator, Advisor and Instructor concerning Discrimination and Sexual Harassment issues in the Air Force. While on Active Duty, Major Sanderson earned his degree in Social Services through the Community College of the Air Force.

In 1998, Major Sanderson transferred to the Air Force Reserves, 403rd Reserve Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS. In 1999, while in the Air Force Reserves, he graduated from the Law Enforcement Officer’s Basic Academy. Major Sanderson started his Law Enforcement career with the Pass Christian Police Department as a Patrol Officer, and then moved over to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. In June 2007, Major Sanderson retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years of dedicated services.

In early 2009, Major Sanderson became an Investigator with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division, where he rose to the rank of Captain. In 2012, Major Sanderson was promoted to the rank of Major and selected as the new Warden over the Corrections Division which includes the Harrison County Adult Detention Center and Work Center. Major Sanderson is also a Certified Instructor and teaches several courses for the Law Enforcement Academy. He is also currently in charge, and a member of, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

Major Sanderson is married to his beautiful wife Arlene and has two amazing step children, Jacquelene and Zach.

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