UPDATE: Saltillo police chief will be appointed in future

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – A decision to change Saltillo’s police chief job from an elected position to an appointed one is drawing plenty of interest.
At Tuesday night’s board meeting, the Saltillo Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 to make the job appointed. More than 100 people were in attendance at the three-hour long meeting in support of current elected Police Chief Steve Brooks, who has been vocal about his opposition to the decision.
Brooks, who has been chief since 2002, said he made his stance clear to Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams last Tuesday when he was first told of the board’s plans.
“I have been against the idea of the chief’s position being an appointed one since I took this job,” said Brooks. “I do not and will not support it. One reason I was told that this change was being made was because some feel an elected chief is a liability for the city, but any chief is. I’m disappointed in the decision, but I won’t fight it.”
Williams said rumors that the change was being made to get rid of Brooks are not true.
“We want Steve Brooks to be our chief until he’s an old man,” said Williams. “So this is not a way to get rid of him, in fact, its a way for us to assure that when he does decide to retire we can get someone qualified in to continue the great ground work he has set as our chief.”

Read more about this story in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal.