Investigation of Sherman fire chief continues

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SHERMAN, Tex. -- City officials placed Sherman fire Chief Jeff Jones on administrative leave two weeks ago. Now, the chief sits at home waiting for the findings.

Even though Jeff Jones is on paid administrative leave, he is on call 8-to-5 in case he's needed at the fire station. But he says he's sat at home for the past two weeks waiting for the investigation to be completed.

Chief Jones was not available for an on-camera interview this afternoon but told us he is satisfied with the progress of the investigation and expects it to be resolved soon after speaking with his attorney and city manager George Olson.

The city hired a firm out of Dallas to conduct the investigation. Jones says is he is supposed to speak with the investigator sometime next week after the investigator conducts one more interview.

Olson says it's best Jones stays on-call but on administrative leave for the integrity of the investigation, and Jones says he feels good that the city is working to find the answers in this case.

"Obviously, I want to get it over with as much as Iā€™m sure Chief Jones does, and the community, and the fire department. So we just have to do what we have to do sometimes, and this is one of those instances," said Sherman city manager George Olson.

Chief Jones told me he is glad the investigation will clear up any allegations and says it's important for those in public service spending taxpayer money to be accountable for any actions.

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