CLEAT gets termination overturned for Port Arthur officer

Officer Ben Shirley and Attorney Bob Thomas

Officer Ben Shirley and Attorney Bob Thomas

CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas has won reinstatement through arbitration for Port Arthur Officer Ben Shirley.

"The arbitrator reinstated Ben and reduced the suspension to a 15-calendar-day suspension; which is what we pleaded for in the pleadings, the hearing and post-hearing brief," Thomas said.

Officer Shirley was terminated for an issue pursuant to the Brady/Morton act, Thomas said.

This is the third successful reversal of a termination in which Thomas has represented a Port Arthur Police Officer in the last two years. He has won approximately $250,000 in back pay and benefits for these three officers.

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