Bald Knob fires police chief on mayor's 1st day

BALD KNOB, Ark. (AP) - The police chief in Bald Knob has been fired during a City Council meeting called by the town's new mayor on her first day in office.

The council voted 4-3 Wednesday with Mayor Beth Hale Calhoun casting the tie-breaking vote to fire Police Chief Tim Sanford after calling the special meeting to vote on firing him.

Calhoun said more than 750 people asked her to make the change while she was campaigning for mayor. She declined further comment.

Sanford said he was dedicated to the job and called it his life.

Calhoun appointed assistant Chief Eric Ballantine to serve as interim police chief.

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