A judge said Friday that a full court hearing should be held within 15 days on the city's appeal of a ruling by an administrative law judge that directed that former city police officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley go back on the force.
Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas directed that the city pay full back pay and benefits from the time of their dismissal.
He did not order that they be paid as the case proceeds.
Defense attorney Bryan Hoss said, "Within the last 30 days, two judges have ordered full back pay and benefits for these officers on grounds that they were wrongfully discharged. We expect the city to continue their pay and benefits while this process unfolds."
It will be determined later whether the full hearing will be conducted by Judge Thomas or by one of the other three judges of Circuit Court - Marie Williams, Jeff Hollingsworth and Jackie Bolton.
Police Chief Bobby Dodd fired the pair for their involvement in an altercation with inmate Adam Tatum at a Salvation Army halfway house on McCallie Avenue.
The incident was caught on a video that was widely publicized.