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February 20, 2014

Tracy Rodriquenz appointed as new White Springs Police Chief

Jasper — Lieutenant Tracy Rodriquenz of the White Springs Police Department was appointed to the position of White Springs Police Chief at the Feb. 11 meeting of the town council.

Current Police Chief Ken Brookins will be retiring on March 3 and he had recommended Lt. Rodriquenz be his replacement at the Jan. 14 meeting of the council. The position was then posted in-house, as policy is to hire from within whenever possible, and Rodriquenz was the only one who applied for the job. Brookins presented her resume and application to the council for their approval of his recommendation.

Town Manager Bob Farley said, “My recommendation is hand-in-hand with the Chief’s.”

Farley said he has worked closely with Rodriquenz since he came on board a little over a year ago.

“As I said in the last meeting, it’s Ken in a skirt,” Farley said. “I think she will fit the town’s needs very well.”

Mayor Helen Miller said, “I’m in total agreement with that.”

Councilman Rhett Bullard made a motion to hire Rodriquenz as the new police chief and Councilman Richard Marshall seconded it, followed by a unanimous vote by all council members.

Marshall said, “There couldn’t have been a better person or a better choice. I think we are gaining a wonderful chief.”

Rodriquenz was in the audience with her husband Chris, who is also in law enforcement, serving with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Both she and her husband were visibly moved and humbled by the appointment.

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