His attorney argued that three of the council members were witness to the recordings, that the personnel director knew he recorded previous meetings, and there was nothing on Sparks' record to suggest he should be immediately terminated.
Sparks had been the chief since early 2009. He was formerly a captain with the Albertville Fire Department before he accepted the chief's job.
Sparks started his career in the fire department in Albertville back in the early 1980's with only a brief time away.
The mayor would not comment following the meeting. Sparks' attorney said they are considering taking the matter to circuit court.
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