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Denver board reverses firing of jail deputy Thomas Ford

A city board has ordered the reinstatement of Denver Sheriff Department Deputy Thomas Ford, who was fired in 2014 for punching an inmate at the Downtown Detention Center.

The order said Ford should have been suspended and should receive backpay for lost wages and benefits for all but 40 days of the nearly 18 months he was fired.

The order came Thursday from the five-member Career Service Authority Board, which is appointed by the mayor and has jurisdiction over hiring and firing decisions for most of the city’s employees.

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