Kyle City Police Chief Jeff Barnett allegedly "abused his authority and connections in January 2012 by having Dr. Glen Hurlston arrested for domestic violence soon after Barnett left his position as police chief in the North Texas town of Princeton," according to the lawsuit filed December 27 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.
Barnett has been Kyle Police Chief since May, 2011.
Prior to that, he served as chief of police for the City of Princeton, Texas, since 2005.
In the suit, Hurlston, who is chief of anesthesia at Byrd Regional Hospital
of Leesville, La., alleged that Barnett
officers to conduct a "campaign of harassment" against him, which included an arrest in January 2012.
The suit notes that a Jan. 1, 2012 domestic battery abuse arrest pressed by the chief against the doctor was reduced to a misdemeanor, to which he
plead no contest.
"He has spent the last two years trying to retrieve public records dating back to 2009 that might implicate Chief Barnett."
is supporting its chief of police.
In a statement, the city attorney said "that this lawsuit, as it relates to the City of Kyle
, is without merit, substance or viability.
The city stands behind and supports Chief Barnett during this difficult time for him and his family.