Jasper City Council makes it official, names new police chief

Jasper City Council makes it official, names new police chief

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Jasper City Council members voted to take the interim tag off of Gerald Hall's title at Monday night's meeting. He is now officially the chief of the Jasper Police Department.

City Secretary Karen Pumphrey confirmed that the city council took the action Tuesday morning.

Hall has been serving as Jasper's interim chief since September of 2015, when then-Chief Robert MacDonald resigned after the city granted his request for six months of severance pay. Hall has served as the city's interim police chief several times in the past. He was a captain in the department before he was promoted to chief.

East Texas News filed an Open Records request and obtained a copy of MacDonald's letter of resignation.

"It is not my intention to resign from my appointment as chief of police of the City of Jasper," MacDonald wrote in his resignation letter. "However, I know the importance of having the support of the mayor and the city council. In the event I do not have your support, I am making the following offer."

In the letter, MacDonald gave one condition. He asked the city to grant him a six- month severance package to be paid bi-weekly through the pay period ending Feb. 26, 2016 and said his resignation would be effective on Sept. 18, 2015.

"My resignation will be without commentary and will be for personal reasons," MacDonald wrote in his letter.

MacDonald also said in his letter that if the agreement wasn't acceptable to the mayor and city council, he would seek legal counsel if the city decided to fire him.

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