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Shake up inside Hallsville, TX Police Dept.

HALLSVILLE, TX (KSLA) - When three of the four Hallsville, Texas Police Officers, including the town's Police Chief, were fired back in December 2011, the City of Hallsville started a petition, which ultimately led to the officers being reinstated.

Following that firing by Hallsville Mayor Jerri Medrano, a request was made for records on the employment background of those three officers.

The documents contained letters of reprimand and past disciplinary actions taken against the officers.

In an April 2011 letter from Mayor Medrano to Police Chief, Gregg Scott, Medrano reportedly told him, "I believe that you do not think you are answerable to anyone," Medrano wrote. She went on to warn him that he would be fired if he did not improve discipline.

In a July job evaluation for Chief Scott, the mayor wrote, "I wish I could clone his gifts and talents and give to all our employees."

Officials also confirmed that Officer T. C. Livingston was also terminated in connection to the allegations of not meeting necessary standards.

In the evaluation of Officer, the documents showed Chief Scott saying, "Livingston has ‘negativity toward every aspect of law enforcement'".

The documents also show Scott was reprimanded for his lack of discipline and leadership after his officers illegally rode four-wheelers in the streets, were late for work, and in one instance, the only officer not fired in December, Earl Dykes, was caught with women in his patrol car while he was on duty for hours at a time.

[Click here to view the employee documents]

The mayor says there are more records the Attorney General would not allow them to release.

Medrano says after the officers were rehired, thanks in part to public outcry, she hopes they can move forward to provided the best services they can.


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