Tate will resume his duties as a sergeant for the department’s patrol division.
Police chief Tommy Freeman placed Tate on administrative leave with pay on Nov. 19, for using a prison inmate in 2004 to repaint his truck.
Charles “Dino” Richardson was police chief in 2004 at the time of the incident. Richardson died in 2007 and Freeman became police chief. Freeman fired Tate on Dec. 3.
In testimony to the City Council, it was learned that Tate was given permission to use the inmate labor by Richardson because Tate had used his personal vehicle to haul items for the police department and during the hauling the paint on Tate’s truck was scratched.