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Former assistant district attorney, district judge candidate named Jefferson police chief

By Robin Y. Richardson
Feb. 21, 2013 at 10 p.m.

Former assistant district attorney, district judge candidate named Jefferson police chief

JEFFERSON - Joe C. Hall, former assistant district attorney for Harrison County and former candidate for 71st district judge, has been named the new chief of police for the city of Jefferson.

"It's a good, solid, firm selection for us," said Jefferson Mayor Richard Turner.

The announcement was made publicly at this week's city council meeting.

Turner said Hall, also a former police officer and the pastor of the Cowboy Church of Harrison County, was chosen out of the latest slate of five applicants. He will assume his duties as the new chief on March 1.

"Joe's a good, easy going Christian man," said Turner. "He's got a lot of knowledge, can train some people and get us where we need to be.

"It's a relief, on my part, to get it taken care of," said Turner.

The council has been searching for a new police chief for nearly a year. The post became open when former police chief, Hollis Shadden, resigned last March. The council had been advertising for the position since, rejecting the first set of applications received in hopes of finding someone more qualified.

They believe they have found it in Hall.

"This can be good for both of us (Hall and the city)," said Turner. "He likes a small community, and that's what we are.

"We want it to be a community-type policing," said Turner.

He said they want it to be the type of department that is familiar with the businesses, and residents.

"He'll go by and visit the businesses and people, so when they need him, they'll know who he is," said Turner.

Hall, who was first assistant district attorney and ran in the Republican primary for district judge against Brad Morin and William Hughey, retired from the DA's office this past fall. He was hired as a corporal for the sheriff's office this past December.

He began his career in public service as a police officer in 1979, and worked at Marshall Police Department for five years. After obtaining his bachelor's degree and then law degree in 1988, he began working as an attorney in Groesbeck, and practiced law up until his retirement from the Harrison County Attorney's Office where he was hired in April 2010.

Turner said all of the details are being ironed out for Hall's new position as Jefferson's police chief; all of the paperwork has been signed.



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