NO,that wasn't the case with Jim.By the way look at the Jim Whitehead situation. They just let him go and told his it was unappealable. Why would a Deputy be any different.
Jim's job (title) was done away with.
There won't be anyone hired to replace him in that capacity.
Nor will anyone in the dept. be promoted into that job,
because the job no longer exists.
It's not like the chief deputy position will be done away with.
There will be someone that holds that title.
So the situations are nothing alike.