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City of Hallsville, officers have not reached deal

By Robyn Claridy
Feb. 7, 2012 at 11 p.m.

The Hallsville City Council has yet to settle severance packages for Hallsville officers who were let go after the council voted to reinstate the officers who were terminated in late December.

Council members met Monday night in a special meeting to discuss personnel matters.

Hallsville Mayor Jerri Medrano said the only action taken Monday was for the city's attorney and the former officers' attorney to continue discussing severance packages.

"I expect the attorneys to reach an agreement within the next few weeks," Medrano said.

Police Chief Greg Scott, Sgt. Mack Fuller and officer T.C. Livingston were terminated for policy violations Dec. 28, but the council voted 3-2 to reinstate them a few weeks later.

After the December firings, the city hired Lukas Reynolds as chief and also hired Sgt. Shane Guthrie, Paul Montoya and Robert Perkins as officers.

The city chose to keep Montoya, and Longview attorney Jose Sanchez, who was hired to represent Reynolds, Guthrie and Perkins, said he was working with the city to come up with a resolution that would be fair for everyone involved.

Hallsville City Council's next meeting is Feb. 21.



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