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Corrigan council fires police chief

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CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) -

As Monday's city council meeting came to a close, Corrigan residents lined up to shake hands with former Police Chief Ray Stubbs, after council members voted to have him fired.

"That's it, they fired a good man," said Greg Bell, Corrigan Resident.

"They did not follow proper procedures as far as receiving any written complaints Chief Stubbs had no opportunity to refute or admit to anything," said Clay Dark, Attorney.

Since January of this year the Stubbs' position as police chief has been a consistent item on the council agenda, but the reason for it was still unclear.

The council claimed complaints had been made against the chief however none were presented at Monday's meeting.

"There were no accusations made against him only one commissioner said she didn't have anything against him, she didn't like how things were going," said Dark.

City employee Greg Bell is a former police officer and just one of many residents who spoke on Stubbs' behalf during the meeting.

He says with Stubbs in office, the city has been safer.

"He's done a good I've worked there, I've seen everything from the inside out and I've never seen him do a bad job," said Bell.

Council members Johnna Lowe, Irene Thompson, Earlie Baldwin and Johnnie Brooks voted to terminate Stubbs, noting a lack of confidence in his ability as police chief.

George Murphy was the only council member not to go into private session and the only one who opposed Stubbs' termination.

"I just know that the leadership of Corrigan is in desperate need of help," said Bell.

 Stubbs does have an attorney but hasn't stated if he will file a lawsuit against the city.

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