In a controversial vote, Graysville City Commissioners voted to reinstate the city's police chief, despite a TBI probe.
The 3-1 vote ignited strong reaction from Graysville citizens on both sides of the issue, who packed commission chambers Monday night.
Last month, the TBI announced it was investigating Chief Erik Redden and Officer Shawn Shelton in connection to misconduct with evidentiary money.
Redden was suspended without pay.
Monday night commissioners voted to reinstate him, saying it could still be a few more weeks before the TBI releases it's findings and they need a chief.
Redden agreed with the decision, shrugging off the allegations against him.
"There's not much to say about it," he told Channel 3, "it's just people's opinion."
"As far as I know, it's allegations," said Commissioner Andy Beene, who voted in favor of reinstating Redden. "I've not seen anything to show me otherwise. We need an internal investigation going on and you know when you wait on TBI, it might take several weeks, where if we held it in house it might be a little different."
In response to the vote, Officer Shelton asked the commission to place him on paid leave. He identified himself as the whistleblower in the case and told commissioners he was concerned about a hostile work environment now that Redden will be back to work.
A TBI spokesperson says once its investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the district attorney general for review.