Leland Chow attended Hillcrest from first grade until his graduation in 1993. He then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Chow began his law enforcement career in the Flowood and Madison Police Departments; he spent 18 years working between the two and was a shift supervisor in Madison during his last 8 years there. Currently, Chow works with the Mississippi Gaming Commission, starting as an Investigator/Agent Gaming Regulator. His duties included performing background checks and due diligence on casino employees at the management-levels all the way up to CEOs. Promoted in January to Special Agent in the Enforcement Division, Chow now supervises 6 agents; they cover the Vicksburg District Casinos which includes the cities of Greenville, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Their job is to ensure that casinos are following the regulations set by the state.
Chow wishes to relay the following pieces of advice to current HCS students: “Go and get your college degree!! Try not to take a break from school after graduating from high school. Set your goals short term and long term. Be kind and respect everyone, because one day that person may be your boss, and people will know people and they will not forget! I know college isn’t for everyone; however, that little piece of paper can and will do wonders for you in the long run. A degree will give you the edge over others without it, especially when a promotion comes along and especially those management /director positions.”