Chief of Police Biography

Captain Dante Elbin was born at Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City, Philippines to Major and Mrs. Terry Elbin.  He joined the United States Air Force after high school graduation in 1988 and moved to Gautier in 1993, after receiving an honorable discharge from the military, and to be near family.  He and his wife Kenna were married in 1996 and have one daughter and one son, Avery and Ayden Elbin.  His parents, sister and in-laws all reside in Jackson County.  Dante began his employment with the City of Gautier in 1993.


  • Graduated from Department of Defense High School System, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines-June, 1988
  • Graduated from Military Police Academy at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Law Enforcement Specialist-1989
  • Community College of the Air Force-Criminal Justice Courses
  • Graduated from Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy, Harrison County, MS-1993
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Criminal Justice Courses


  • Joined the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist-1989
  • Served in the Panama Invasion-1989
  • Served in Desert Storm-1992
  • Honorably discharged-1993
  • Active Air Force Reserves Security Police, Keesler Air Force Base-1993-1997

Special Training:

  • US Army Ground Combat Training
  • Air Force SWAT Tactics Training
  • Department of Treasury Bureau of ATF Criminal Gang Suppression,
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau Auto Theft Training
  • US Department of Justice Advanced Narcotics Interdiction
  • Gulf Coast HIDTA Training-Interview and Interrogation
  • FBI Constitutional Law
  • Homeland Security Intelligence Led Policing

Civilian and Military Awards:

  • Small Arms Expert Ribbon
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • VIP Protection Team Member-Protecting Air Force Chief of Staff General McPeak, Secretary of the Air Force Donald Rice,             and General Colin Powell
  • City of Gautier Officer of the Year in 1993 and 2001
  • Medal of Valor Recipient-1999


  • 1989-1993-Law Enforcement Specialist, United States Air Force
  • 1993-1997-City of Gautier Police Department
  • 1998 (January-September)-Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
  • 1998 (October)-Present-City of Gautier Police Department
  • 1999-Promoted to Lieutenant-Gautier Police Department
  • 2003-Promoted to Captain-Gautier Police Department
  • 2012-Appointed Interim Chief of Police
  • 2012-(July)-Appointed to Gautier Chief of Police