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BERTRAM — After two-and-a-half years of service as the city’s police chief, Ron Hall offered his resignation Dec. 14.

The city accepted it during a special meeting Dec. 18 and appointed Bertram Police Lt. Dean Stringer as interim chief.

Hall, who lives in Hays County and commutes to work each day, ran for countable there in the November election but lost.

However, Hall said the Hays County Precinct 5 Constable offered a deputy constable position.

“I’m just trying to be closer to home,” Hall said. “I believe the Bertram Police Department has come a long way in 2.5 years and if they get the right person in here it’ll continue.”

Bertram city secretary Evan Milliorn said Hall’s final day will be Dec. 27 and the city will advertise for a new chief.

During the Dec. 18 meeting, council also amended the chief’s job description to state the person must have at least 10 years of law enforcement experience, or the equivalent training. Also amended was that the chief must live within a 30 minute commute to the city.

A similar requirement is written into the job descriptions of the city’s utility workers as well, Milliorn said.