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Meigs Mayor Pro-Tem fires police chief

More controversy coming out of the town of Meigs.(Source:WALB) More controversy coming out of the town of Meigs.(Source:WALB)
"I have never been reprimanded orally or written," said Price. (Source:WALB) "I have never been reprimanded orally or written," said Price. (Source:WALB)
On Wednesday the current Mayor Pro Tem terminated the city's police chief Gary Price. (Source:WALB) On Wednesday the current Mayor Pro Tem terminated the city's police chief Gary Price. (Source:WALB)
An ordinance adopted in February of 2014 transferred executive powers from the mayor to the city manager. (Source:WALB) An ordinance adopted in February of 2014 transferred executive powers from the mayor to the city manager. (Source:WALB)
In section 2 of the ordinance it says the city manager now has the powers and duties listed under Georgia Law Section 2.21 line (f) which is to appoint and remove all officers, department heads and employees of the city except as otherwise provided. In section 2 of the ordinance it says the city manager now has the powers and duties listed under Georgia Law Section 2.21 line (f) which is to appoint and remove all officers, department heads and employees of the city except as otherwise provided.
MEIGS, GA -

More controversy coming out of the town of Meigs.

On Wednesday the current Mayor Pro Tem terminated the city's police chief Gary Price.

Price said he does not believe the firing is legal.

A letter signed by Mayor Pro-tem Jimmy Layton was hand delivered to the Police Chief.

It states "You are being dismissed for conducting and reflecting discredit on the City. It has come to the attention of the Mayor and City Council that you have been rude and disrespectful to other citizens of our community and employees."

Although Price said he does not know where these allegations are coming from.

"I have never been reprimanded orally or written," said Price.

Price said he believes his termination is related to an arrest that he made back in January of 2015 involving Stephanie Battle. He said she was the only other person present during a meeting had on Wednesday.  

The termination letter Price received is signed by Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Layton. Price said this is whey he's questioning whether his firing his legal.

An ordinance adopted in February of 2014 transferred executive powers from the mayor to the city manager.

In section 2 of the ordinance it says the city manager now has the powers and duties listed under Georgia Law Section 2.21 line (f) which is to appoint and remove all officers, department heads and employees of the city except as otherwise provided.

"Emotionally yes I am let down because I see the potential in the city and I see the discontent amongst the citizens," said Price.

Both Mayor Pro-Tem Layton and Councilwoman Stephanie Battle neither had a comment at this time.

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