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UNC Officer Ponders Accepting Offer to Return to Work

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CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina policeofficer who says he was fired for giving a ticket to atrustee's daughter has his job back -- if he wants it. Thursday, Swain decided he would return to work.

University Chancellor Michel Hooker offered reinstatement to Ed SwainWednesday. Hooker said the firing was too harsh. He said Swain violatedpolicy by visiting the Chapel Hill News while on duty, but that "..basedon the fact that you have no disciplinary actions against you either forperformance or misconduct, I believe it is appropriate that a lessersanction, suspension without pay, should be imposed."

That suspension is for one week.

Swain says the chancellors decision took him by surprise.

Nevertheless, Swain called Hooker's decision to reinstate him a prettygood move.

Swain says despite his decision, he'll still take legal action for theweek's suspension.

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