Chattanooga officer back on the job following alcohol allegations

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has returned test results of blood taken from Chattanooga Police Officer Steven Jones, a 25-year veteran suspended last month on suspicion that he was drunk on duty the last night of Riverbend.

“It certainly was positive for alcohol,” Jones’ attorney, Bryan Hoss, tells Channel 3 in a telephone conversation Friday. “But it wasn’t the legal limit, (.08 under Tennessee law) and he’s been back on the job since sometime after July 4th.”

Police Chief Bobby Dodd isn’t commenting, citing the ongoing investigation, according to CPD Public Information Officer Nathan Hartwig.

“We’ve received no paperwork to indicate he’s back on,” says Donna Kelley, Personnel Director for the City of Chattanooga. “But we wouldn’t necessarily, until the end of a pay period.”

Chief Dodd had suspended OFC Jones with pay pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation.

“He’s probably not going to be terminated,” says Jerry Tidwell, a Chattanooga attorney who specializes in employment issues. “And if you look at the city code and check, it does not require termination, apparently.”

Chattanooga Police rules mandate that a sworn officer or civilian employee is subject to discipline if he/she is found to have consumed alcohol fewer than eight hours before going on duty.


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