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JPD Officers Reinstated After Termination

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn- Jackson Police officers Christopher Chilcote and Alan Randolph will be allowed back on the force, after being suspended in April.

City officials said the two men were involved in a fender bender in February with a city bus. No one was hurt and the cruiser had minor damage. Officials said the officers were let go after failing to report and document the incident according to policy.

On Monday, the City's Civil Service Commission overturned the decision.

"The issue was if punishment was too severe and the board thought it was," City Attorney, Lewis Cobb said.

Now Officer Randolph who has been with the department for 15 years, and Chilcote, a JPD Officer for five, have the option of returning back to work.

"The board ruled three to one and now the officers will return to work shortly," Cobb said.

The officers will also be compensated for their time away. Cobb said this is the first time in more than 12 years that a city employee's termination has been overturned.

The final decision lies with the Civil Service Commission.
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