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Bertram police chief resigns; city appoints officer as interim

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Former Bertram Police Chief Doug Wall was with the Bertram Police Department for five years before being promoted to chief in July 2014. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

BERTRAM — The Bertram police chief has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons,” after a year with the department, officials say.

Former Chief Doug Wall, 40, had served with the Bertram Police Department for about five years before being promoted to chief in July 2014.

On May 26, he submitted his resignation letter to the city manager prior to a regular Bertram City Council meeting.

“It was due to personal reasons. It wasn’t fair for me to bring that burden on the department,” Wall said. “They needed someone to bring their full attention, and I have to re-evaluate my standing and what I need to do.”

The council appointed Carey Headrick, one of Wall’s hired officers, as the interim chief, Bertram City Secretary Georgina Hernandez confirmed. Headrick was initially hired in September 2014.

“If they made him police chief, they’d be lucky,” Wall said. “He’s very responsible. He’s so dedicated to what he does.”

Other than Headrick, the Bertram police department currently has two full-time officers.

During his time as chief, Wall said he and the department strived to build a relationship with the community.

“People in Bertram are my second family,” he said. “We built trust, spending time getting to know (the community). I do not leave that place with any regrets.”

connie@thepicayune.com

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