Police chief vote taking place today
by James Phillips
Jul 06, 2010 | 2553 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper Police Department will have a permanent leader after today’s meeting of the Jasper City Council.

Council members and Mayor Sonny Posey are expected to vote for a new police chief today. The meeting, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held in the council chambers on the second floor of Jasper City Hall. The final three candidates, who were interviewed by the group on June 25, were current JPD interim chief Danny Patton, former Adamsville mayor Terry Loggins and Walker County District Attorney’s Office criminal investigator Connie Cooner Rowe.

Posey said each candidate was impressive during the interview process.

“We never thought this decision was going to be easy, but after those interviews, we knew we had our work cut out for us,” he said. “In this case, I don’t think we could miss by choosing any of the three. Our goal is to do what is best for the City of Jasper. I think the three were equal during the interviews, so I think we’ve got to move to other factors. Factors that will probably come out at the meeting.”

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 Oct. 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.

At today’s meeting, the Council and Posey will cast one vote each to determine the next police chief. If the vote ends in a tie, Posey will get a second vote that will break the tie.

“We don’t need politics to enter into this vote,” he said. “It’s tough to keep it out, but we have to find a way to do that and make the right call. That’s what I think all of us are attempting to do.”