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City council member sends angry email to Police Director

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert sent an angry email to Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin Thursday over residency restrictions and a deputy jailer not hired by the police department.

In the email, Halbert says a young deputy jailer was denied employment with the Memphis Police Department because of a dismissed arrest record.

She then says the jailer was allowed back into the pool of applicants, only to be denied again after a psychological test.

Even though Halbert does not name the deputy jailer she's talking about, she does say, "Retaliation has been a big factor against many who "tell" what is going on, including that of me and/or my family, therefore, I don't identify these individuals before the public, only to the administration."

But Godwin says there are no complaints on file from the EEOC or the Justice Department currently regarding Memphis Police hiring practices.

Thursday, Godwin declined to comment about Halbert's email, but he talked to Action News Five about the issue yesterday.

"Why in the world would we be selective and eliminate applicants, just for the sake of eliminating applicants? This director's not going to do that, nor would I permit that," he said.

According to Godwin, 42 former and current deputy jailers applied to become Memphis police officers. 

Eighteen of them failed the psychological test.  Others either had an arrest record, failed to show up for their interview, falsified information on their application, or got other jobs.

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