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Suburban Houston lawman new Jasper police chief

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Aaron Tyksinski (Photo source: KJAS Radio) Aaron Tyksinski (Photo source: KJAS Radio)

JASPER, TX (AP) - A suburban Houston law enforcement administrator is the new chief of the lawsuit-mired police department in Jasper in East Texas.

The city council voted Friday to hire Aaron Tyksinski, who's chief deputy of the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's office.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports he also teaches criminal justice at two colleges and is working on a doctorate in public safety leadership.

Six white candidates sued Jasper alleging discrimination after Rodney Pearson was hired in 2011 as the city's first black chief. Then Pearson a year ago filed a wrongful termination suit after his firing.

And a woman arrested for unpaid parking tickets sued after she was thrown to the ground inside the police station. Two officers were fired but her suit remains pending against the pair.

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