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"The purpose of the Coastal Bend Peace Officers Association shall be to promote the cooperation and understanding of all persons involved in the enforcement of laws of the State of Texas and of the United States; the continued and convenient interchange of information and training between various Federal, State and local agencies,, and to conduct ourselves in a manner that will gain the respect of those we serve and to constantly strive to improve our position."
After nearly four hours in open session, Nueces County commissioners voted to select the Corpus Christi Police Department's Lt. John Chris Hooper as the new sheriff. Hooper will replaced Jim Kaelin, who announced in September that he was planning to retire at the end of October to spend more time with his family.
Hooper, who has 37 years of law enforcement experience, is filling Kaelin's unexpired term, which has two more years left before the seat is up for re-election.
Hooper was one of nearly 30 applicants who applied to be appointed to fill Kaelin's role as Nueces County sheriff.
The sheriff oversees the county jail and law enforcement within the county, as well providing courthouse security.
During the interview process, Hooper said he worked as a jailer for eight months before working as a police officer with the Port Aransas and Corpus Christi police departments.
"I bring a wealth of public service in this county, Port Aransas and in the jail," Hooper said when asked what he could bring to the sheriff's office. "Networking with (the Corpus Christi Police Department), it's not purely CCPD networking, it's well outside of that."
He also said his top two priorities are hiring and retaining the best quality applicants, doing something about the overcrowding at the Nueces County Jail and staying engaged with all members of the county.
Hooper also said employees at the sheriff should be the "cheerleader" for the employees at the sheriff's office.
"That's your job. That's ultimately what's going to make the sheriff's office better, is celebrating the accomplishments of those 330 employees," he said.
When asked about overcrowding at the jail, Hooper told commissioners he would look at "cite in lieu of arrest" for offenses allowed by law — usually Class A and Class B misdemeanors. He added he would find ways to address inmates with mental health problems.
Hooper, who managed the Corpus Christi Police Department's social media accounts, said he plans to work on the brand of the sheriff's office. He told commissioners engaging with the community daily, working with local media and using social media will help the office's brand.
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