City of Wells fills months-long vacancy on police staff

Jeff Clopp
Jeff Clopp

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - WELLS, TX (KTRE) - The City of Wells has hired a part-time police officer, the first time an officer will be patrolling the streets since mid-February, when the city council terminated the contract of its chief.

Mayor pro-tem James Booker said Jeff Clopp has been hired under probation conditions as a part-timer. He lives in Pollok and is the Kirbyville police chief, a position which Booker said Clopp will keep.

Booker said Clopp was selected among three other candidates in Monday night's city council meeting.

"Mr. Clopp has a little more on-the-job training," Booker said. "He is already a chief of police in Kirbyville and had been in Timpson prior to that. Hopefully it'll all work out and we'll want to keep him and he'll want to stay."

Booker said in the time the city did not have an officer, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the local constable's office did a "tremendous job" watching over the city.

"The city hasn't had a whole lot of problems," Booker said. "But things are starting to pick up. People are knowing an officer is not in town and just doing stupid things."

The city plans on hiring another part-time officer, and possibly a third, Booker said.

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