Caldwell Fires Police Chief

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Caldwell Police Chief Paul Lilly has been fired.

After spending almost three hours behind closed doors with the chief Tuesday night, the Caldwell city council voted 5-0 to terminate Lilly's employment with the city. He was first offered the opportunity to resign, but did not. City Administrator Billy Clemons says the decision was made because of the council's loss of confidence in the chief.

Dozens of local residents waited outside the council chambers until the vote was taken around 9:30 p.m.

Afterward, a local pastor questioned the council on why the decision was made in private and citizens weren't given the opportunity to speak before the vote was taken.

Lilly was named Chief of Police in Caldwell in April, 2007. Before that he served as a law enforcement consultant and police chief and director of public safety for the Tarrant County Hospital District.

Lilly and three officers were recently reprimanded for responding to a call at the Caldwell High School which is outside the city limits. All four appealed the punishment to the city council, but were denied their appeal by a 5-0 vote.

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