By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
Acting chief of the Fulton Fire Department Brad Beard has taken over the position permanently.
The Fulton Board of Aldermen made the decision to replace former chief Freddie Brown — previously on suspension for felony charges — during their regular meeting, Tuesday night.
The board also voted to terminate Brown, who was convicted last month of hindering the prosecution during the 2010 investigation into the beating death of Johnny Neil Johnson. He is currently serving on house arrest.
Beard will take over the position immediately.