Police chief expected to be hired at special called meeting
by James Phillips
Jun 27, 2011 | 3304 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday, and Mayor Sonny Posey said he expects the city to hire a new police chief that morning.

An agenda released by the city said items scheduled for the meeting include consideration to offering the chief of police’s position to one of three candidates and consideration of adopting a resolution to participate in the annual Sales Tax Holiday.

Posey said he would not release the name of the person he expects the city will hire for police chief until it is discussed at the meeting, which will be at 10 a.m. in the council’s chambers at City Hall. The hiring is necessary due to Danny Patton, the city’s current police chief, handing in his resignation letter recently. Patton’s final day at the department is set for July 6.

When Patton was hired in July 2010, the city interviewed three candidates for the job. The other candidates were Connie Rowe, an investigator with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, and Terry Loggins, a retired Birmingham police officer and former mayor of Adamsville.

“In my opinion, I see no reason to interview anyone else at this point,” Posey said. “We interviewed three people before, and I’m hopeful that we can name a chief at Tuesday’s meeting.”

Posey said he felt it was important to name a chief before Patton left the department.

“I don’t want to have to name an interim person and then a week or so later have to make a change again,” he said. “We need to get someone in the position and let them take over.”

The second item on Tuesday’s agenda is for council members to decide if the city will participate in the annual Sales Tax Holiday, which is set for Aug. 5-7. Posey said he will recommend the city participates.

“To not participate would be wrong,” he said.