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Zavalla announces hiring of new police chief

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 11:39am

ZAVALLA, Tx — The city of Zavalla has hired a new police chief, Jim Hodges.

Hodges, 69, brings to the table more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He got his start in Harris County before going to work with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office for 27 years.

"With 31 years of law enforcement, I guess that makes me pretty old. I'm 69 years old but I'm not the 80-year-old people were saying the city hired. That's just cold," he said with a laugh. "I've been lucky during my time as an officer. I've never had to shoot at anybody and I hope I never do. I always try to talk people out of trouble."

The once-retired lawman said he's happy to be back on duty.

One of Hodges' main initiatives in the next year is to clean up the drug problem in Zavalla, he said.

"The narcotics problem needs to be addressed," he said. "You've got people starting off with marijuana and then they gradually step up to harder drugs. We're going to take care of that problem."

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