Police lieutenant Jamie Campbell has been chosen as the new Rusk Police Department chief.
He added, “When I was born, I was brought home in a (Texas Department of Public Safety) car. Law enforcement’s in my blood, and Rusk is my home and has been since I was 5 years old, and being the chief of police is just a good deal for me.”
Campbell said he started as a patrolman with the Rusk Police Department in 2007 and worked his way up to lieutenant. Before that, he worked for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office as a narcotics investigator, served as a trooper for 10 years with DPS and worked for the Jacksonville Police Department as a patrolman.
Campbell said he is fortunate that Evans ran such a good department, which he described as a “well-oiled machine” at the time of Evans’ departure.
“I wasn’t going into a hornet’s nest,” he said. “We’ve got some good guys working here and some good people in Rusk.”
He said his goal as chief is to serve residents and have a good and professional department. He plans to promote a department member to lieutenant but has not yet made that decision.