SHERMAN -- Fire chief Jeff Jones has been placed on administrative leave, accused of violating city rules and regulations.
Sherman fire chief Jeff Jones says he was surprised of the news that he had been placed on administrative leave, a sentiment shared by Sherman city officials when they learned of the allegations against fire chief Jeff Jones.
Sherman city manager George Olson met with fire chief Jeff Jones Wednesday afternoon around three o'clock to inform him of the decision.
Olson says they learned of the allegations during last weeks budget meetings, and after a week of looking into them made the decision to place Chief Jones on administrative leave.
Olson would not reveal the exact allegations citing the pending investigation, but he did say Chief Jones may have violated certain city, departmental, and state rules and regulations and that the allegation came from within the department.
Olson says the allegations are serious enough to place him on administrative leave.
City officials have hired an investigator from Dallas to help them conduct the investigation.
We spoke to Chief Jones over the phone who says he plans on seeking legal counsel, but Olson says they hope to clear the matter before it gets to that point.
During the investigation, Captain Donny Glen will serve as interim fire chief and Olson says he hopes to begin the investigation by the start of next week.
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