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Police Chief rehired by city

Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm

McNeece to return to town to serve its citizens

The weekend brought good news to Monteagle community members who spent the previous week protesting the departure of Police Chief Virgil McNeece. On Saturday, McNeece confirmed that he had been offered his former position as Monteagle Chief of Police and would be returning to serve the community.
At a Monteagle City Council meeting on Mon-day, July 29, community members voiced questions over McNeece’s departure and were vocal in their displeasure in the City Council for not answering questions as to why McNeece was no longer on the force. It was revealed the next day, in a letter from McNeece, that he had been given three options – to be demoted, to resign, or to be fired – by acting vice mayor Tony Gilliam. (Gilliam was serving in this position while Mayor David Sampley was out of town).
McNeece stated on Saturday that he had been offered his job back. He said he will be taking two weeks of vacation time before returning to the town as Chief of Police.
“It’s because of the citizens that I am returning,” explained McNeece.