Samburg police chief back on duty

Samburg police chief back on duty
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Samburg Police Chief James Hack has been cleared by the state Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and was back on the job patrolling the streets of Samburg over the weekend.
Samburg Mayor Larry Gene Davis had to travel to Nashville Friday morning to meet with the POST Commission about whether Hack is legally able to serve as police chief.
“We’re legal,” an obviously pleased Davis told The Messenger Friday after coming out of the meeting with the POST Commission. “The whole thing lasted about two minutes, if that.”
Friday’s approval by the POST Commission clears Hack to go back in service as Samburg’s police chief.
Although he hasn’t graduated from the Nashville police academy, the commission formally approved a waiver allowing Hack to serve as Samburg’s police chief, on a part-time basis.
Hack does participate in annual in-service law enforcement training through the Obion County Sheriff’s Department and, in fact, was attending training today in South Fulton.
Friday’s hearing in Nashville was conducted by John Welch, chief investigator for the POST Commission.
The controversy over Hack’s serving as the town’s police chief was initiated by Al Hamilton,  who attended Friday’s brief hearing, along with Samburg alderman Johnnie Johnson.
Over the past few weeks, Hamilton has generated 19 pages of emails questioning Hack’s qualifications to serve as a certified law enforcement officer. Friday’s hearing at the police academy clears up any questions about the issue, according to Davis.
Hack has actually been working for the Samburg Police Department since November 2010.
Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.23.12

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