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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The town of Jonesboro met in court Thursday morning against a former Fire Chief.

In October 2012 former Fire Chief, David Roberts, sued the town of Jonesboro saying he wasn't properly terminated and wanted back pay. This came after Mayor Leslie Thompson appointed a new chief in 2011. Mayor Thompson says this wasn't wrongful, and that Roberts knew well in advance that his term as was ending.

Judge Jimmy Teat ruled in Roberts' favor and granted him $36,000 in back pay.

Roberts' attorney, Bobby Culpepper then requested that the city provided an assortment of financial documents in court. The town's attorney says some of the documents should not have to be provided because town-owned property is exempt from seizure. Jonesboro then requested a protective order over the financial records.

Thursday, Judge Jimmy Teat made no decision in the hearing over a protective order on the town's financial records. The judge said in court that he will read over the documents, as well as other cases cited by the town's attorney and Bobby Culpepper, David Roberts' attorney.

Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson says no matter the decision regarding the protective order, the town has already filed an appeal against the original ruling in Roberts' favor.

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