Hare hired as Carbon Hill police chief

Posted 7/15/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - Acting Police Chief Jason Hare was unanimously approved as a full-time police chief by the Carbon Hill City Council on Thursday.

Hare, who had been acting chief since June 27, was sworn in immediately by City …

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Hare hired as Carbon Hill police chief


Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - Acting Police Chief Jason Hare was unanimously approved as a full-time police chief by the Carbon Hill City Council on Thursday.

Hare, who had been acting chief since June 27, was sworn in immediately by City Clerk Nanette Brown during the meeting.

“I think Jason will do a good job. He’s done a good job the past three weeks,” Mayor Mark Chambers said. “The arrests were way up from what they have been. I’ve talked to several people. He’s a fair guy. I think he will give everybody in town a fair shake. That’s all we want, is everyone treated the same and things run right. I appreciate what you’ve done and I look forward to working with you as chief.”

In his council meeting report at the start of the meeting, Hare said that for June 8-July 12, the department had 29 arrests, four of which involved juveniles and 20 of which involved Carbon Hill citizens. Five arrests were made on warrants for the Walker County Sheriff’s Department and 40 citations were issued.

“I think the police department is doing very well,” Hare said.

The council later went into executive session to discuss the good name and character of an employee for 21 minutes. When it came out, the council approved Mayor Mark Chambers’ decision on June 27 to fire former Police Chief Paul Agnew without discussion. No reason for the firing was given at the time of Agnew’s termination, as Chambers said he had talked to city attorney Steven Thomas and was not at liberty to discuss why.The reasoning for the firing was not brought up during the meeting.

Agnew had five working days to appeal the termination, Chambers said after the firing. However, Agnew said he did not want to go back to work for the city and would likely return to retirement.

The council also voted Thursday to hire Hare as a police chief without discussion.

Council members also quickly agreed to send Hare to a police chief’s conference to get needed training. However, it held a discussion when District 5 Councilwoman Suzanne Atkins proposed that the council purchase a laptop for Hare.

“The computer that Chief Agnew had needs to be out of commission for a while,” she said. “Therefore, I think we should buy Chief Hare a laptop. That way he can have it in his car, and if he needs to do reports in his office he will have it for his office.” She later added, “I know we talked about it,” and the mayor said he had forgotten that.

In response to the mayor’s questioning, Hare said he would like a laptop.

All the council members eventually indicated he needed a computer. District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough and District 3 Councilwoman April Herron discussed setting a budget for the laptop. After a brief discussion of the police program and memory needs, several council members looked to be in agreement about looking at a cost of between $500 to $700.

Brown said the laptop could be purchased out of city court revenues. Chambers said the General Fund is standing at between $60,000 and $70,000.

However, District 6 Councilman Brandon Tannehill spoke up to say the city needs to make sure it is a good computer, so that the council does not have to purchase another six months later.

Brown said she would check with computer experts to see what the computer will need to operate, noting he will also need a word processing program.

Hare, 41, the son of Jane Hare and the late Carl Hare of Cordova, lives in Cordova. He graduated from Cordova High School in 1995.

He started at Cordova Police Department as a reserve officer in 1997. Oakman Police Department hired him as a full-time officer that year, where he worked until 1999. During that year, Hare graduated from Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOST) certification training at Jacksonville State University, and three months later he left Oakman to work in Cordova.

Hare left Cordova in 2005 to work in Carbon Hill, where he worked until 2007, when he started working as a deputy at the Walker County Sheriff’s Officer. After a year there, he became the canine officer and remained in that position in the department until Feb. 6 this year, when he took a security guard position at UAB Police Department.

“I worked at UAB briefly. They work a lot of security at the hospital and I am not cut out for that kind of work. I’m police. I like working the streets. I’m no security officer,” Agnew said Thursday.

Hare was hired as a full-time police officer with Carbon Hill on April 27.

He has a wife, Fallon, and he lists being father to five children: Gracyn, Jill, Easton, Jayden and Ryan. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

City to hire new officers

The council also agreed to take applications for one full-time police officer and one part-time officer.

“We’re in desperate need of help,” Chambers said, suggesting the city take applications until July 26. “But if we get some good applications between now and then, I may go ahead and put one or two of them on. Our guys are working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, because we’ve been down to three officers. They need relief.” He said he appreciated the long hours the officers have put in.

If the hiring is made early, he would go to the council and retroactively approve the hiring. If the council disagrees with the hiring, another officer will be picked from the applications, he said.