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Grand Junction Board Considers Police Chief's Future

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. - The City of Grand Junction still has its Acting Police Chief despite an effort to fire him, Monday.

Justin Powers and his future with the city was the topic of discussion at the Board of Aldermen meeting.

Powers has come under scrutiny by various county leaders. He said it is because of fallout from former Police Chief Pat Ryan. Ryan has been linked to corruption within the department.

The Board heard from Powers and heard the details of a letter written by District Attorney General Mike Dunavant. Dunavant stated his office would not prosecute any cases or consider any evidence submitted by Powers, if he remained in office.

When it came down to a vote, two of the aldermen voted to fire him. One alderman voted to keep him. Three of the remaining aldermen abstained. Due to a lack of a majority, Powers remains an employee of the City of Grand Junction.