Bastrop Police Chief Steve Adcock’s tenure came to an abrupt end this week after city management said they became increasingly concerned about his leadership and managerial skills.
The city said in a statement Thursday that Adcock’s at-will employment status was ended after he initially committed to resigning and announced his retirement plans to staff, but then rescinded his commitment, claiming a severance plan of more than $20,000 was insufficient.
“Providing more than $70,000 in severance would have been a disservice to this organization, City Council, staff, and most importantly the citizens of Bastrop,” said City Manager Lynda Humble.
Assistant Police Chief James Altgelt has been named interim chief and director of public safety.
“We greatly appreciate Steve’s service and contributions to the City of Bastrop, as we continue to face the City’s challenges head on, we are confident that Chief Altgelt’s demonstrated leadership and communication skills will help guide the organization and the Public Safety teams during this very important period of transition,” Humble said.
Chief Altgelt, who will stay in the role until a permanent selection can be made, took the helm on Tuesday. The city says he has served as assistant police chief and assistant emergency management coordinator since 2014 and brings more than 32 years of law enforcement and military experience to the job.
The city’s public safety director oversees day-to-day operations of the police and fire departments, information technology, code enforcement and the city’s emergency management team.