Frustration likely led to Jasper Interim Police Chief's resignation

Jasper Mayor Mike Lout says frustration likely led to Interim Police Chief Harlan Alexander's resignation this morning.

Alexander was scheduled to address city council at Monday's meeting about personnel changes in the police department, but he asked for the item to be removed from the agenda last week.

He resigned before 8 a.m. Monday.

Alexander served as Jasper's Police Chief earlier in his career.  He held the post for more than 20 years.

Alexander has been serving as Interim Police Chief since the firing of Rodney Pearson in June.

A few citizens told us that word around town is that Alexander was frustrated because he could not make certain personnel changes in the police department that he wanted.

Mayor Lout says that very well could have been the reason as well as being in the middle of a lawsuit the city is facing from Rodney Pearson and his attorneys.

Pearson, the city's first black police chief, is suing the city and other individuals for wrongful termination.

Mayor Lout says he personally would like the next person to fill the position of police chief to be permanent, but as far as he knows no one has applied for it.

Some citizens tell 12 News they don't care who is in the position as long as the person is qualified and will do the job correctly.

A Captain and Lieutenant are currently leading the police department during the absence of a police chief.


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