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Man hired as Jasper Police Chief withdraws from job
JASPER - by Scott Lawrence
Fox 4 has learned the man Jasper City Council hired as police chief has declined the offer and decided to reject the job.
Council met last Friday morning, October 4, and voted to hire Aaron Tyksinski for the job. He'd worked for a constable's office in Ft. Bend County.
Tyksinski was at the meeting and talked with Fox 4 about the opportunities and challenges of the new job.
He sent a letter to the city Wednesday explaining he'd decided to withdraw his application for Jasper Police Chief and turn down the appointment.
In the letter, Tyksinski said the reasons for his decision include "finishing my doctoral degree without any interruptions and family considerations. I believe that major changes in my life, including starting a new job and living in a new environment, would be more adverse than advantageous and would cause additional hardships that would affect my ability to reach my personal and professional goals now and in the future."
Tyksinski calls the decision "the most difficult and complex problem I have ever encountered in my adult life and was reached with extreme personal internal conflict, knowing that it will cause each of you as city councilmembers additional stress as well."
Council fired Rodney Pearson in June of last year. He was the town's first black police chief. Some members of council criticized his job performance.
The job had remained open since council fired Pearson.
Capt. Gerald Hall of the Jasper Police Department had helped oversee the department in the interim. Mayor Mike Lout
More than 40 people applied for the job through a company that screened the applicants for Jasper.
Mayor Mike Lout told Fox 4 Tyksinski was one of two people remaining as applicants.
Lout told Fox 4 he plans to place an item on the agenda to allow council to discuss the Chief's position during Monday's council meeting.
He's not sure if council will try to pursue the other remaining applicant for the job, nor does he know if the man remains interested in the position.
Jasper Mayor Mike Lout tells Fox 4 the list is down to two.
Lout says council has called a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday and he expects the city to name a new police chief to replace Pearson.