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LaFollette city council discusses firing a public works employee

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By PETER SAWYER

Monday, the LaFollette City Council addressed hiring a police officer, promoting a police officer and terminating a public works employee.
Police Department
The council members discussed promoting LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen to detective. If promoted, Wallen’s salary will increase by $1,500.
“He’s been doing a good job,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said.
Jeffries pointed out there is room in the budget because David Muse left his job as a detective to go to the housing authority, which left a spot open in the detective’s office.
Jeffries also recommended hiring Howard Dople as a full-time police officer.
“Matt’s been doing a good job,” Jeffries said.
Dople’s pay would increase to $26,520.
Public works
The council also discussed the termination of a public works employee. Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins declined to comment.