Mayor Andre DeBerry tells the South Reporter that because Dean worked at will and the pleasure of the board and the board does not have to give cause for firing. He says a 90-day probationary period was still in place at the time Dean was fired.
DeBerry says officer complaints were a factor but not the only reason the board. He says Dean's performance was another matter.
Dean was hired in January. He had served as chief of police in two towns in Missouri and worked for sheriff's departments in that state.
Officer John Norman was named interim chief.