Four days after they were fired, Cochran’s police and fire chiefs were given their jobs back Monday, at least for the time being.
Thursday morning, Cochran Police Chief Key McGuire and Fire Chief Glenn Lord were told their jobs were being eliminated by city officials and they would be replaced by a public safety director who would oversee both departments.
But there was significant backlash to the decision.
Cochran City Manager Ray Gibson said he received several hateful phone calls and emails, including death threats to him and his family. But he said he also heard many good points and legitimate concerns from residents.
Monday he said the city would assemble a citizens task force to determine whether the city should move forward with the new director position.