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Town’s police force highlights struggle to track cops with a history

By Eric Dexheimer and Tony Plohetski - American-Statesman Staff



Bruce Mills didn’t waste a lot of time while serving as interim police chief of Jonestown this spring. In the two months he acted as a fill-in while this lakeside town 30 miles northwest of Austin sought a permanent chief, Mills moved to fire two of the town’s seven-member police force.

As a former top Austin police official, Mills was familiar with one of the officers he dismissed. Yvonne Gunnlaugsson had been suspended several times from the Austin Police Department before retiring under a cloud in 2005, public records show. She’d come to work for Jonestown a short time later.

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