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Hallsville city councilmen who voted to reinstate officers up for re-election

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
Jan. 23, 2012 at 11 p.m.


HALLSVILLE - The three Hallsville city councilmen who voted to reinstate the officers who were terminated in December are up for re-election.

Hallsville City Secretary Laura Welch said John Burciaga, Kevin Jones and Jeff Griffith will all be up for re-election in May.

Welch said filing began Feb. 6.

Burciaga, Jones and Griffith voted to reinstate Police Chief Greg Scott, Sgt. Mack Fuller and officer T.C. Livingston in this past week's city council meeting. James Mizell and Doris Coleman voted not to reinstate the officers and are not up for re-election.

The officers were terminated Dec. 28 by Mayor Jerri Medrano for "policy violations," but after residents started a petition and rallied for the officers, the council voted 3-2 to reinstate the men.

Welch said Griffith, who was appointed a few months ago after City Councilwoman Beth Duncan moved out of Hallsville city limits, will have to run since he was not voted into office.

Griffith ran against Coleman in the 2011 elections, but lost by seven votes.

She said Jones was elected May 2006 and has served two terms; and Burciaga was elected May 2010.

Griffith said on Monday he had not decided if he would run.

"I haven't quite made up my mind, not because of what's going on, I'm just new at it and want to see how things are going," Griffith said.

Burciaga said he intended to run for re-election.

Phone calls to Jones were not returned Monday.

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