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Grand Junction Police Chief Terminated

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

GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. - One West Tennessee police chief is out of a job, Saturday, after city leaders voted to terminate him.

The Grand Junction board of aldermen held a special-called meeting Friday night to discuss the status of Grand Junction's now former police chief, Justin Powers.

In a 5 to 1 vote, board members decided to terminate him.

They cited different reasons for his termination, including community concern and media attention.

City leaders said they got several complaints from concerned residents after District Attorney Joe Van Dyke decided that Powers could not make any arrests or issue warrants, due to lack of credibility with the District Attorney's office.

They only let him issue traffic citations.

That left handling any criminal activity up to the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department.

"I think it's a complete injustice, and I will not stop fighting to bring justice back to West Tennessee," said Powers in a statement to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News. "They thought they could quiet me down with this whole situation but now they have opened up a can of worms."

For now, city leaders do not know who will become their next police chief, since Powers was terminated.