BUCKHOLTS (March 19, 2013)--After nearly a year of vacancy, the Buckholts police chief position has officially been filled.
At Buckholts' last city council meeting Texas resident Martin Jackson was officially assigned to the position.
According to a city spokesperson, Jackson has spent 30 years in law enforcement including work with the Department of Public Safety and the California Highway Patrol.
In October, former Buckholts Police Chief James Blackmon surrendered his peace officer license after he was arrested July 5 at the Buckholts Police Department on a warrant charging falsifying a government document, a Class A misdemeanor.
TCLEOSE, which is charged with certifying peace officers in the state, said in a previous statement, it initiated the investigation that led to the arrest after receiving reports that Blackmon carried more than a dozen officers on his roster when there were only three actually working at the department.
The extra officers were listed as members of the town's police force so they could qualify to do private security jobs, a TCLEOSE spokesperson said.
TCLEOSE said Blackmon had been a police officer for 24 years and 11 months and during that time held 22 different jobs.
Jackson is expected to begin with the city May 20.