New Sheriff Adrian Garcia won a round in court yesterday against two of the command staff members he fired upon taking office.
Former Majors Jule Brownfield and Kim Stelter had sought an injunction to hold two captains' positions open while they fight to be reinstated. They claimed civil service rules and the Texas local government code entitled them to the lower positions.
But state District Judge Jaclanel Moore McFarland ruled that Garcia does not have to hold any positions open and is free to continue building the command staff of his choosing.
Brownfield and Stelter said they will continue trying to go back to work at the Sheriff's Office. They already have filed appeals with the civil service commission and are hoping that hearings before that panel will take place in the next 30 days.
Their attorney, Michael Fleming, said he is confident his clients will prevail.