Tool gets new police chief

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 9, 2013

Monitor Photo/David Webb Tool municipal judge Rhonda Peterson swears in new city police chief Rickey Feist Thursday, Nov. 7.

Monitor Photo/David Webb
Tool municipal judge Rhonda Peterson swears in new city police chief Rickey Feist Thursday, Nov. 7.

By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent

TOOL–The Tool City Council appointed Rickey Feist to be the new police chief during a special meeting Thursday.
Feist, who lives in Gun Barrel City, was immediately sworn in by municipal judge Rhonda Peterson. A three-member selection committee unanimously recommended Feist’s appointment from the six finalists for the job.
City Secretary Makenzie Blaser said that she and the other two committee members, councilwomen Fran Sonka and Shelley Ellis, believed he would be the “best candidate for that position.” Blaser said she conducted background and reference checks on the six candidates.
Feist previously worked for the San Saba County Sheriff’s Office in San Saba, as a chief deputy, and he also worked as a law enforcement officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The city advertised the job for two weeks, and it received 30 applications.
Feist told the council after being sworn in that he was “ready to get to work” leading the police department. “I’m looking forward to working with you to make this a good department and to making this a good community to live in.”
The Tool Police Department has had significant turnover in the past year that included the position of police chief.
Prior to appointing Feist to the position, the council ended interim police chief Rodney Henderson’s assignment and reappointed him to the position of corporal.
Henderson, who was one of the six finalists for the job, declined to comment about not getting the job other than to compliment Feist. “He’s a good dude,” he said.
Mayor pro tem Nathan Reeder led the special council meeting. He noted that mayor A.J. “Red” Phillips could not attend because of health problems.
Phillips lost the mayor’s seat to Tamra Brickey, who sat in the audience observing the proceedings. She is yet to be sworn in to the position.
In other business, the council interviewed two applicants for the position of city attorney, but it took no action. The law firm of Boyle & Lowry, of Irving, and Athens lawyer James Owen are competing for the position.
Boyle & Lowry specializes in representing municipalities, but Owen touted his local experience that included his serving as the Henderson County Attorney for eight years.