City of Nacogdoches worker faces disciplinary action after hydrant flushing incident

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A city of Nacogodoches employee could possibly be disciplined for actions taken during an incident where he opened fire hydrants near anti-Trump protesters.

According to City Manager Jim Jeffers, the worker chose to flush hydrants upstream of protesters, across from Stephen F. Austin University. An exact location of the site could not be provided by the city. The water was left on for some time and allowed cars driving by to splash the protesters. 

Jeffers said the worker stated his intent was not have them splashed, and he admitted to using poor judgment.

The city manager said the flushing of water is standard maintenance and the employee could have used another location. 

The city later identified the employee as Jack Lynch, Jr. 

Lynch could be disciplined for not displaying a neutral stance on politics. Jeffers said he violated city policy by giving a thumbs up to another group of protesters — across the road — who were supporting president-elect Donald Trump.

Jeffers stated the worker was counseled and knows to move to another hydrant if possible in the future.

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