Author: Joel Spears / Managing Editor Source: The Rogersville Review
MOUNT CARMEL - In an annoucement that was rumored since late
November, Mount Carmel Mayor Larry Frost has appointed former Assistant Police Chief Mike Campbell
to replace former Police Chief Jeff Jackson. "We just wanted to make some interdepartmental
changes," Frost said on Thursday. "We felt like it would be in the city's best interest.
I felt like we needed to make the change and take the city in a different direction than in
the past. I do appreciate the job he [Jackson] has done, and I'm expecting him to stay with
the city of Mount Carmel. He is an asset and we are looking forward to this year." The Review
was informed of the change on Wednesday by Vice mayor Paul Hale, who has also been appointed as the
town's new public safety director - a position also previously held by Jackson - and as police
department liason to the board of mayor and aldermen. When asked for additional comments in regard
to the change, Hale said, "That's what the people wanted and it was a decision made by the mayor,
and I believe everybody will support Mike in his new position." Campbell reportedly joined the Mount
Carmel Police Department in 1997. Jackson joined the department as a reserve officer in 1981 and
became chief in 1999, naming Campbell as his assistant.
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