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City of Alto hires new police chief after 6-month furlough

ALTO, TX (KTRE) -

After six months without a police force, the City of Alto swore in a new police chief Thursday night. Jeremy Jackson was sworn in after a unanimous vote. The city council called a special meeting to order at 6 p.m. and almost immediately began interviewing candidates.

Several members of the community, including two former mayors, came to see the solution to the city's crime problem.

"When it's known widespread that you don't have a local police force, well then, you know, crime is greater," said Glen White, former Alto Mayor.

Five applicants were interviewed, including the former police chief and a former officer. Right now, Alto is only looking to add one more officer to the force. Jackson is expected to make that hire by next Monday.

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