TOM BEAN — Howard Day was named the interim chief of the Tom Bean Police Department as Chief Frank Deater resigned Monday.
The Tom Bean City Council met in executive session for about 40 minutes during the meeting to discuss Deater’s resignation and his replacement. As the regular session reconvened, the council accepted Deater’s resignation and appointed Day as interim chief.
“I was very honored when they called, and they told me I was going to be nominated for the position,” Day said. “I’ve been here serving the department for three years. I have good a relationship with the city staff and the mayor, and many of the citizens have had the opportunity to meet me. It’s pretty exciting.”
Tom Bean Mayor Sherry Howard said Deater accepted a job at the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office as sergeant over patrol. Deater, who has spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, became chief in the summer of 2014 after John Hunt retired. Howard said she has enjoyed working with Deater for the past two years.
“I’m sad to see my chief go, but I understand,” Howard said. “When you get a better offer, sometimes it’s time to go.”
Deater, who was present for the city council meeting before it went into executive session, declined to comment. He was absent after the meeting reconvened in regular session.
The council approved Day’s salary at $35,000 with full benefits, and he starts the job Tuesday. During the interim period, the chief position will be opened up for applicants, Howard said. She noted that Day is well versed in Tom Bean policies and procedures.
Council member Ben Vincent said the city is a transition period now and he hopes the mayor and council will come together to make the right choices for the citizens of Tom Bean.
Day said he plans to apply to take on the chief position full time. Day holds a Texas Master Peace Officer’s License and still serves in the Army Reserve. Day has more than 31 years of military service, and he also teaches at the night police academy at Grayson College. Last year Day lost a primary bid for Grayson County Sheriff to Tom Watt. Day is also the commander of the Sherman American Legion.
“I’m looking forward to working with all the media outlets and keeping out citizens informed,” Day said.