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Bertram police chief takes state job; council to discuss filling spot at June 10 meeting

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

BERTRAM — The Bertram City Council will discuss the search for a new police chief during its regular meeting June 10 after the resignation of Chief Tracy Weems.

Weems, who has been Bertram’s chief since February 2013, is taking an investigator position at the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

“I’m very happy with the job I’ve done here. If not for this opportunity, I certainly would not be leaving,” Weems said. “I’m not leaving because of dissatisfaction; I’m leaving for opportunities that my family and myself have been looking at for a long time. It was a difficult decision for me to take this opportunity.”

Bertram city secretary and treasurer Georgina Hernandez said Weems told the city of his resignation May 28, but that it will not be effective until June 30.

The city is searching for a new chief and will discuss interim possibilities at its June 10 meeting.

In his 15 months as chief, Weems has put his mark on the department. He put a policy and procedure manual in place, secured the purchase of body armor for officers and new cars for the department, and hired experienced officers to fully staff the department.

Weems said he will assist the city in its search for a new chief before his departure.

“I will help in any way that I can,” he said. “I’ll help the department move forward as I move on.”

Hernandez said the hiring process could take the city four to six weeks.

jared@thepicayune.com