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Judge upholds decision to reinstate fired deputies
Sheriff Couch appealed after Civil Service Board vote
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A judge has upheld the Hall County Civil Service Board’s decision to reinstate two Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies who were fired after a 2013 inmate escape. Senior Judge Robert Adamson pointed to a potentially unsafe transfer area for inmates as he issued the opinion in the case involving Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and former deputies Jack Dodd and Larry Henslee. Couch fired Dodd and Henslee in July 2013 after inmate James Edward Cantrell escaped that same month during a transport to the Hall County Courthouse.