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Levelland fire chief back on the job

It was an emotional City Council meeting in Levelland Monday night.

It ended with the Fire Chief getting his job back and citizens calling for the city manager's resignation.

Two weeks ago that Fire Chief Otis Stark lost his job, and ever since then, residents have been questioning his termination.

Former Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Boudeaux took out an ad in the local paper calling for Stark to be rehired and requesting action from the fire fighting community.  

"Otis Stark saved my life. And what has to be done, has to be done," Boudeaux said.

A dispute with the City of Levelland over the ownership of farm equipment eventually led to Chief Otis Stark's termination.  

"Our fire department and our city is so combined that the city needs to know what they own, but the city has never written it down," Boudeaux said. 

In front of an opinionated, standing room only crowd, the city retracted Stark's termination, saying the Volunteer Fire Department in fact owned the equipment that was sold for scrap.
 
"I'm just glad they made the choice to correct their wrong. Otis is a great man," Boudeaux said.

As the meeting went on, citizens began calling for the resignation of City Manager Rick Osburn.

We tried to follow up with Osburn but he refused to comment.
 
Former city employee Jimmy Samarron says he is another victim of Osburn. Samarron says he was terminated under similar circumstances in 2012.

"Till right now, I haven't gotten any clear answers from city hall," Samarron said.

But, Samarron says he liked what he saw from his fellow citizens Monday night, who were demanding immediate action.  

"If nothing changes, how can Levelland move forward," Samarron said. 

Levelland City Council members could not respond to the numerous citizen comments about terminations because it was not a regular agenda item. The said they would add it to the agenda for a future meeting. 

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