Porter police chief fired

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/03/2013 6:22 pm Published: 12/03/2013 5:07 pm

The town of Porter is without a police department after the town board voted to fire the police chief Tuesday.

FOX23 found out that Porter Police Chief Darryl Jay is the only full time member of the
Police Department. Jay told FOX23 he is hiring an attorney and planning to sue.

"It's going to cost the town a fortune to have Wagoner County sheriff cover us," said one Porter resident.

Just moments after the Porter town board voted to remove Jay, angry residents reacted.

Many wondered why the special meeting was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, when most people were at work and then, as soon as the meeting started, it was called into executive session.

"People in the town who showed up weren't even allowed into the meeting. And they just called everyone in to say he was terminated," said Anna Norton, a Porter resident.

FOX23 asked Mayor Richard Keck why the chief was fired.

He would not comment, saying it was a personnel matter. Jay did not want to go on camera, but said he was he told fired for violating several policies like cursing and speaking with the media.

As far as he knows, he is not being investigated criminally.

The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office will cover Porter until a new chief is hired.

"We're going to step up our efforts. We've actually put two more deputies out here to take care of the overflow here. We're going to step up for Porter. And we're going to keep Porter safe," said Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert.

Law enforcement coverage aside, residents still want to hear directly from the town about what the chief did to get fired.

Keck said they are now in search mode for new police chief.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/4/2013 9:43 AM
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When "speaking to the media" is against government policy, it's time to put that government under the microscope.
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