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Rainsville city attorney resigns

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RAINSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Fallout continued in the wake of the attempted suspension of a police chief in the DeKalb County town of Rainsville as the city attorney resigned Thursday night.

Mayor Nick Jones said the city attorney told the council not to hear the chief's suspension and they went forward with it, so now their relationship is too strained to continue.

Council members said they received an email with Eric Colley's resignation 90 minutes before they reinstated and cleared Chief Charles Centers of any wrongdoing. Mayor Jones was seeking a one-week suspension for putting a municipal tag on a vehicle not owned by the city and driving it to Georgia.

The chief's attorney argued it was clearly legal because the city was in the process of purchasing the vehicle.

Jones said the council failed to follow the attorney's advice that a non-partial board should hear the chief's due process hearing. Councilman Joseph Graham said, "We saw fit to do what we did."

Colley resigned as both city attorney and prosecutor. Calls to Colley's law office in Fort Payne were not returned.

Concerning the chief's due process hearing, Mayor Jones said after speaking with another attorney Friday, the council's decision will stand. Meanwhile, he plans to begin looking for a new attorney to recommend to the council.

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