Nov 20, 2013 The Associated Press

Jackson mulls cellphone rule

JACKSON -- The Jackson Town Council is considering a ban on cellphone conversations while driving that could start in mid-December.

The council gave preliminary approval to the proposed ban this week. Two more votes are required for final passage.

Texting and taking photos with cellphones would also be banned.

Emergency responders would be exempt. So would hands-free devices and any call to 911 or other emergency services.

Casper chief stepping down

CASPER -- Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh says he is retiring in February after 23 years with the department, including about three years as chief.

The 46-year-old Walsh declined to discuss his plans but said some unspecified opportunities had arisen.

He says the decision to retire was his and there is no "scandal or something like that" behind the move.

City Manager John Patterson calls Walsh a great chief and says he's shocked and saddened by his decision to step down.

Patterson will appoint a new chief, but that person might not be in place by Walsh's Feb. 7 retirement, so he might have to choose an interim chief.

The police department has about 90 officers and 140 civilian employees.

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