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.