Former sheriff returning to Nacogdoches

Joe Evans. Source: Rusk Police Department
Joe Evans. Source: Rusk Police Department
Source: Sheriff Jason Bridges
Source: Sheriff Jason Bridges

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A former Nacogdoches County sheriff is returning to his former office, taking over the jail, according to Sheriff Jason Bridges.

Joe Evans resigned from his position as Rusk Police chief on Wednesday and will begin his new career as jail administrator on Monday.

"We fill there's a lot of issues to be addressed," Bridges said. "We want to expand the inmate work program and we needed someone that knew the jail and put programs in place and he was our first pick."

Evans has been the Chief of Police since May of 2009.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Interim Police Chief Jamie Campbell will be sworn in.

Campbell is the son of Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell.

"He was very open and wanted to come back," Bridges said. "We're very fortunate and pleased to have him."

Evans served as sheriff for 16 years, stepping down in 2001. He had been Rusk Police chief since 2009.

Other officers sworn into office include:

* Capt. Bill Skillern over criminal investigations.

* Sgt. John Wayne Valdez, assigned to patrol.

* Deputy/K9 Rusty Allen, assigned to patrol.

* Deputy Henry Cruise, assigned to patrol.

* Deputy Jimmy Marble, assigned to patrol.

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