This afternoon those candidates will have the opportunity to be interviewed by Mayor Sonny Posey and members of the Jasper City Council, and at the July 6 council meeting a vote will be conducted to decide who gets the job.
The final three candidates include current interim police chief Danny Patton, former Adamsville mayor Terry Loggins and Walker County District Attorney’s Office criminal investigator Connie Cooner Rowe. Posey said he was impressed by the candidates and felt any of the three would do an outstanding job.
“I’m thoroughly impressed by all three candidates,” he said. “I know two of them personally, and I don’t think we could have gotten three better candidates.”
Patton has been in law enforcement for 30 years. He began his career at the University of Alabama campus police department before taking a job as the Oakman Police Department assistant police chief. In October of 1983, Patton accepted a job with the Jasper Police Department and has been with the department in a variety of positions since that time. He has been the assistant chief since 2003 and has served as interim chief since former police chief Bobby Cain stepped down earlier this year.
Loggins has more than 35 years in law enforcement. He began his career with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1975. Loggins moved to the Birmingham Police Department in 1978 and retired there as a captain three years ago. Since that time he has worked as an investigator for the State of Alabama. Loggins served one term on the Adamsville City Council and then was Mayor of Adamsville for one term. He didn’t seek re-election to the post in 2008, because he and his wife moved to Smith Lake.
Rowe has 23 years of law enforcement experience. She began her career with the Jasper Police Department at the age of 21. Since 1989, she has worked as a criminal investigator for the Walker County District Attorney’s Office. She is also a law enforcement trainer and teaches at all Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission academies. In 11 years, Rowe said she has trained thousands of officers at hundreds of departments across the state.
Posey said he and the five members of the Council each get a vote. If the vote ends in a tie, Posey will cast a second and deciding vote.
The candidates will be interviewed at 1 p.m. today inside the council chamber at Jasper City Hall. Posey said the meeting is open to the public.
“These interviews and the vote will be done in an open forum,” he said. “We want to be as transparent and open as possible.”