Jasper Police get Another New Chief 10/23/13
JASPER, Texas - Leaders of an East Texas city have approved a second police chief after the first person who was offered the job changed his mind.
Robert MacDonald is expected to start as Jasper police chief next month. MacDonald was police chief in Uvalde (yoo-VAWL'-dee) after 30 years with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
The Jasper City Council on Oct. 4 hired Aaron Tyksinski, who's chief deputy of the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's office, but days later he backed out. Council members on Monday selected MacDonald.
Chief Rodney Pearson was hired in 2011 but fired last year over poor job performance. Pearson was the first black police chief in Jasper, where three white men were convicted in the 1998 dragging death of a black man - James Byrd Jr.