Sheriff Melvin Brisolara
Certified Law Enforcement Officer
Since September 1977
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Sheriff Brisolara is a thirty-five year law enforcement veteran, with over twenty years of experience in a leadership, management and supervisory role. His experience spans numerous aspects of Sheriff’s Office operations, including patrol, dispatch, vehicle fleet maintenance, civil process, bailiff program, transport, administration, fiscal/budgeting, purchasing and the reserve program. His wide-ranging experience prepares him well to run an effective Sheriff’s Office for the citizens of Harrison County.
During his tenure in law enforcement, Sheriff Brisolara had an opportunity to work closely with former Sheriff and Congressman Larkin Smith, and this experience prepared him with the skills necessary for initiating, planning, implementing, and managing innovative programs such as the Blue Lightning Task Force, USM Law Enforcement Training Academy, Inmate Work Center, the “Are You Okay?” program, and the new H.C.L.E.T.A.
In 2003, Sheriff Brisolara retired from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office as a Major and the office’s Chief Administrative Officer. It was at this time that Sheriff Brisolara was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Harrison County 911 Commission, a position in which he was entrusted with providing and managing coast-wide emergency communication systems. This only demonstrates his ability to coordinate diverse organizations into pursuing a common goal of unified communication.
His management work with four different Sheriffs (Payne, Price, Rhodes, Smith) provided him the ability to see many important issues from a variety of perspectives, all the while finding ways to implement solutions that will work for the betterment of law enforcement. In addition, as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association, he is able to see the issues and associated solutions that span sheriff’s offices across the state, further widening and broadening his range of experience.
In addition to his work with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Harrison County 911 Commission, Sheriff Brisolara is a successful business owner/operator for over 15 years. Sheriff Brisolara is able to translate his business sense into the efficient management of your Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and county tax dollars!
Sheriff Brisolara is married to Barbara Reed and has three wonderful children, Sara, Brandon, and Chelsea.