Governor Barbour

June 29, 2010


Governor Haley Barbour announced today the retirements of Mississippi Highway Patrol Chief Col. Michael Berthay and Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Director Lt. Col. Stanley Sisk.

“Col. Berthay has been a great friend as well as a tremendous leader in the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation before that,” Governor Barbour said. “His long, outstanding career in law enforcement has earned the respect and gratitude of all Mississippians.”

“Lt. Col. Sisk capped his distinguished career at the Mississippi Highway Patrol as the head of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations,” Governor Barbour said. “His leadership of this elite organization resulted in top performance at MBI.”

“Both Col. Berthay and Lt. Col. Sisk had considered retiring in the past, and I’m personally grateful for their staying longer to help me and the Highway Patrol,” he said.

Berthay has served as Chief of the Highway Patrol and as Assistant Commissioner of Public Safety since 2006.  During his tenure with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, Berthay has been assigned to the Interdiction Team, served as a sniper on the SWAT Team and has served on special assignments with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Elite FBI National Executive Institute.

Berthay began his career with the Mississippi Alcohol Beverage Control and joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol in 1982. He then transferred to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in 1985; and was promoted to Master Sergeant Investigator for the Mississippi Bureau or Investigation in 1995. While assigned to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Berthay served as a district lieutenant and region captain prior to being promoted as director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations as lieutenant colonel.

Sisk has served as Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation since 2009. Previously, he served as Bureau Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and as Assistant Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Sisk, a certified crime scene analyst, began his career with the Highway Patrol in 1981. He has been trained in forensic science and traffic accident reconstruction.  In his career, Sisk worked crime scenes throughout northern Mississippi with Accident Reconstruction and Crime Scene Investigation in Starkville before joining the Criminal Investigation Bureau in 1999.