New Boston chief ousted in city council vote

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM

NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) — An East Texas police chief who's been with the force more than 40 years has lost his job in a city council no-confidence vote.

The New Boston City Council voted unanimously Monday night to remove police Chief Kerry Pinkham.

Pinkham, who's been chief of the New Boston Police Department for more than 20 years, says he received a letter last week from Mayor Johnny Branson about the special meeting. Pinkham says he had no indication why council members lack confidence in him.

New Boston council members who voted 5-0 to remove the chief cited drug problems in the city of about 4,600. Councilman Joe Dike says some citizens complained about police not responding on time or sometimes not at all.

The city attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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