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Shepherd council meets to discuss termination of Police Chief Simmons
San Jacinto News- Times - August 2009
SHEPHERD – A special meeting of the Shepherd City Council was posted Monday at city hall for the purpose of a closed session to determine the fate of Shepherd Chief of Police Chris Simmons’ employment. During May of 2009, an attempt to terminate Simmons’ employment was unsuccessful. According to a city employee, council members must have a reason to terminate the chief of police. “Since that time San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Bill Burnett and the Texas Rangers have been investigating the situation,” the employee said. “It’s still under investigation.” The posted agenda states that the meeting will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at which time a closed session will be called. The purpose of the closed session is to determine the “termination of Police Chief Chris Simmons.” Criminal District Attorney Bill Burnett confi rmed Monday that he and Texas Rangers are investigating the situation. “We received a request for an investigation but we haven’t come to a conclusion and we have not announced to the council that the investigation is complete. We have not fi nished looking at all the stuff the council gave us so we have no conclusion either way at this point,” Burnett said. The fi rst time Simmons’ termination was brought up before the council was shortly after Simmons arrested Shepherd City Councilman Kevin Thoms and his father, Thomas, on charges under the Copyright Act and on charges of forgery. Thoms was indicted Friday by a San Jacinto County Grand Jury. The following Monday the special meeting was posted to discuss Simmons’ termination once again. “They (city council) have no cause to terminate my employment that I know of,” Simmons said Monday.