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Former Police Shief Sues to Regain Job

By Associated Press

Fort Payne, AL – The former police chief for Fyffe has filed a lawsuit in DeKalb County Circuit Court seeking reinstatement to the job and back pay, claiming he was wrongly fired two years ago. Greg Works, who is now a Rainsville police officer, claims in part he was fired without benefit of due process and has suffered -- quote - embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress, and loss of wages and loss of benefits. Works filed the lawsuit, which also seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, against the town last Friday. Works, who had been police chief about a year and a half, was removed during a Fyffe Town Council meeting in October 2004 that was the first for newly installed Mayor Larry Lingerfelt and the town council. The council was presented with a petition holding almost 600 signatures in support of keeping Works as chief. Lingerfelt recommended Fort Payne police officer Paul Bell instead, but couldn't get enough votes. Assistant police chief Jake Fowler was later appointed chief, a position he now holds.

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