WASILLA - A police officer in the small Parks Highway city of Houston is back on the job.
Houston Police Sgt. Charlie Seidl was reinstated Thursday after a two-week paid suspension. Mayor Roger Purcell suspended Seidl after a couple of incidents that drew unflattering publicity to the community.
Seidl, saying he was acting on Purcell's orders, used a gun to euthanize eight animals at the city shelter. Purcell denies he ordered the animals killed with a gun.
Seidl also was quoted saying Purcell borrowed a police car for a business trip to Fairbanks and drove dangerously, using emergency lights to pass other vehicles.
The Houston City Council voted Feb. 8 to retain Seidl.
The Houston city clerk is reviewing an application seeking the recall of the mayor.