ACHILLE, Okla. (KXII)- the Achille board of trustees voted to fire police chief Christopher Watson and keep the other two officers.
The board voted in favor of keeping assistant chief John choate and officer Candice Connor by a vote of 3-2. No action was taken by the board on reserve officer Bart Alsbrook ... because he is an unpaid volunteer.
The entire police department, three paid and Alsbrook, were suspended last Wednesday after officers raided trustee Bryan Baker's home, serving a search warrant for his wife Ashley.
She's a convicted felon accused of possessing a gun. She caught the raid on cell phone video, and after that video and police body cam video were released, the police department was placed on paid suspension last Wednesday.
Mayor David Northcutt voted to keep the chief, but one resident we talked to agrees with the other trustees.
"I'm still waiting for all the calls to come in to see who we have left tomorrow morning. We'll get through it," said Northcutt. "It's not just one cop, its all of them that need to go bottom line.
They're running around here, they're bullies. Bottom line, like I just said a while ago and they need to go," said Toby Nation, an Achille resident.
In an emergency meeting following the regularly scheduled board meeting, the board appointed assistant chief Choate as acting police chief if he chooses to take the role.
Choate later resigned. Bryan County Sheriff's deputies say they will continue to patrol the town and help the current Achille police officers.
Northcutt says the town will be taking applications starting tomorrow for a new police chief, and will start going over those applications at next Tuesday's meeting.