Gartin Building Courtroom with the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi

Chief Justice appoints Jim Ingram to Ethics Commission

November 18, 2004

Jim Ingram of Madison has been appointed to the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. appointed Ingram for a term that began Nov.15. The four-year term will end Nov. 14, 2008.

Chief Justice Smith noted that Ingram previously served a term on the Ethics Commission, and that he is former head of the FBI in Mississippi and former Commissioner of Public Safety.

“I have every confidence in his ability to serve on the Ethics Commission,” Chief Justice Smith said.

Ingram said, “I am extremely pleased for the appointment to the Ethics Commission by Chief Justice Smith and I am looking forward to serving the people of Mississippi. The Ethics Commission is a very important agency charged with investigating any misconduct regarding violations of the ethics code by officers and employees of city, county and state government.”

Chief Justice Smith noted that he selected Ingram from about 50 applicants. “I appreciate the high degree of interest,” he said.

Ingram previously was appointed to the Ethics Commission by former Gov. Kirk Fordice. Ingram served on the Ethics Commission from January 2000 until November 2003.

Ingram served as Commissioner of Public Safety under Gov. Fordice from January 1992 until January 2000. He was the second longest serving Public Safety commissioner in state history.

Ingram spent more than 30 years in the FBI, rising to the rank of deputy assistant director in charge of the criminal division in Washington, D.C. He held the deputy assistant director position for six years.

The Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court appoints two of the eight members of the Ethics Commission.