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City council ousts Rigby police chief

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-06 12:55:20-04

RIGBY, Idaho (AP) -- City council members in eastern Idaho are declining to explain why they recently dismissed their police chief earlier this week.

Rigby Mayor Jason Richardson tells the Post Register that Police Chief Keith Hammon was ousted Thursday after the city council met in executive session.

Richardson said he couldn't discuss the reason behind Hammon's dismissal because the issue is a personnel matter. Instead, Richardson thanked Hammon for his 21 years of service.

Hammon did not return requests for comment.

Council members and the police department have been at odds after the council began discussions of dissolving the department to save money. The council ultimately declined to contract out law enforcement services.