Friday, October 4, 2013

Star-News: New McCall Police Chief

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Approximately eight months after firing its police chief following what one City Council member called "an ugly situation," McCall has announced that it has a new top cop.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that 41-year-old Justin Williams has been selected to be the next chief of the McCall Police Department. Williams comes from Stephenville, Texas, where he had served as police chief of Tarleton State University since 2007.

The Star-News reports that Williams will visit McCall Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct.r 11 to meet with a select number of citizens and panels of current and retired law enforcement officers. No public events are scheduled.

Former McCall Police Chief Jerry Summers has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming he was fired as "retaliation" by City Manager Gene Drabinski. Summers claimed that he discovered Drabinski was in illegal possession of an Idaho's driver's license at the same time his Massachusetts license was under revocation. Williams said Summers repeatedly warned Drabinski that he was in violation of the law.

"It's an ugly situation," MCall City Councilman Nic Swanson said in April. "We're between a rock and a hard place."

The McCall City Council voted unanimously to fire Summers, indicating that Summers and Drabinski couldn't work together.

Summers joined the McCall Police Department in 1997 and was named chief in 2005.

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