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Fired Ball police officer won't get job back

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 ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Fired Ball police officer, Corporal Nathaniel Ussery, will not be getting his job back.

Judge George Metoyer ruled Monday that the Town of Ball had every right to fire Ussery when he placed an advertisement for his candidacy for chief in a Shrine Circus program.

Ussery's attorney, Olita Magee, argued that the Town of Ball did not follow protocol when it came to investigating the matter. Magee said the town also showed disregard for fairness during the investigation when they planned a special council meeting to fire Ussery, even though his attorney couldn't make the meeting.

Leo Hamilton represented the police department in court. Brian Cespiva represented the town.

Hamilton say that Ussery was never under investigation because there was no need for an investigation because the advertisement was public. Hamilton questioned: "Is it ever possible to just discipline an employee?"

Ultimately, Judge Metoyer agreed.

Both Hamilton and Cespiva chose not to comment on the decision.

Magee gave us this statement: "We're disappointed with the decision and we disagree. He's protected by the Fraternal Order of Police. We intend to seek review by a higher court."

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