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Zavalla reinstates Joey Courtney as police chief

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ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) -

The Zavalla City Council reinstated Joey Courtney as the town's police chief Monday.

The move comes on the heels of Mayor Jim Davis' decision to demote Courtney in June and is the latest in a series of shakeups at Zavalla's top cop position.

"Courtney and his attorney showed up at Monday's city council meeting planning to file an employee grievance during executive session," Bruce Milstead, the Huntington city manager and Zavalla's former municipal judge, said. "It never got that far because the city council reinstated him during open session."

Milstead said he attended Monday's city council meeting to show his support for Courtney, whom he described as a friend.

City officials would not say whether Jim Hodges, the interim police chief, resigned or was fired from his position. When asked why the city council reinstated Courtney, Hodges again declined to comment.

In June, Davis demoted Courtney, stating that it was because of necessary improvements that needed to be made in the Zavalla Police Department.  A week later, Davis named Jim Hodges the town's interim police chief. City officials fired Hodges from that position in July 2011 and named Courtney, who had served with the Zavalla Police Department for eight years as a lieutenant, as his replacement that August.

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