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Major John Owens reinstated as PAPD Deputy Chief

From PAPD Chief Patrick Melvin - "Effective immediately, Lieutenant Johnny Owens is reinstated to the rank of Major/ Deputy Chief with the Port Arthur Police Department and will be reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Additionally, Deputy Chief Owens was appointed to the position of Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Port Arthur by Mayor Derrick Freeman and will assume that position and role immediately.

His experience, knowledge and leadership will greatly enhance the Port Arthur Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management’s ability to efficiently and professionally serve the citizens of Port Arthur."

Owens and five other officers were put on administrative leave with pay last year pending an internal investigation. Two were reinstated, including Owens, two retired, and one was fired.


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