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Davis still China Grove chief
CHINA GROVE -- According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), Larry Davis still is listed as the chief of the China Grove Police Department.
TCOLE spokesman Laura Le Blanc said that the commission has no record of China Grove submitting forms to indicate that Davis and Reserve Officer John Jenkins Jr. were separated from employment. The two officers, along with former Officer Damian Balderas, signed agreements to end their employment Dec. 10, 2013 -- one day after the China Grove City Council’s special Dec. 9 meeting in which the council voted to indefinitely suspend the department. Patrol duties were transferred to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and Bexar County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.
Under Section 217.7 of the TCOLE rules, agencies are required to report the separation of employment within 30 days or “no later than the seventh business day after separation and if applicable, after all administrative appeals are exhausted.”
Failure to submit the paperwork could result in an administrative penalty of up to $1,000 per day per violation, according to Section 1701.507 of the Texas Occupations Code.
However, neither Davis nor Jenkins is prevented from seeking other employment, Le Blanc said, as there is no state law prohibiting officers from holding commissions from two departments.
The city council, at its Feb. 6 meeting, voted to select Mike Grant as the department’s new chief. A week later, Grant informed the Wilson County News that he decided not to accept the position. Grant continues to serve as a reserve deputy for the Bexar County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.
According to the agenda for the city council’s meeting Thursday, March 6, the council is set to convene in closed session to discuss filling the police chief vacancy. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.
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