Chief Wayne Payne


Chief Wayne Payne is a native and life-long resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He and his wife Paula Huguet Payne were married in 1974 and are the parents of two sons, Wayne Payne II and Joey Payne, both pursuing careers in law enforcement. The Paynes have three grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Kimberly and Haily Payne.
After accepting the position of Police Chief in October of 2007 Payne built the D’Iberville Police Force from the ground up.



High School: Gulfport High School
Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice: Southern Mississippi University
June, 1986: U.S. Department of Justice: Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy


  • July, 1973-April 1974: City of Gulfport Water and Sewer Department
  • April, 1974-September, 1976: Gulfport Fire Department
  • September, 1976-1994: Gulfport Police Department


  • 1980: Detective
  • 1984: Dectective Sergeant
  • 1988: Detective Lieutenant
  • 1989: Detective Captain
  • 1990: Major, Officer in Charge of Detective Division
  • 1994-1995: City of Long Beach: Chief of Police
  • 1995: City of Gulfport: Major of Operations
  • 1998: Promoted to Deputy Chief of Police
  • January, 2004: Retired from City of Gulfport with four years as Chief and a total of 30 years with the City of Gulfport
  • 2004: Harrison County Sheriff’s Department: Major of Operations
  • October, 2007-present: City of D’Iberville: Chief of Police