Town selectmen in New Hampshire have voted to fire a long-standing police chief.
WMUR-TV reports the New Durham selectmen voted 2 to 1 Thursday morning to terminate Police Chief Shawn Bernier during a closed meeting at the Town Hall.
Selectman David Bickford says the board had a right to terminate without cause, according to the chief's contract.
Bickford says that Bernier wanted to retire and this decision will give him severance pay.
But Bernier says he only wanted to go part-time and that the town had no right to fire him under state law.