- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Timmonsville’s mayor has fired its police chief several months after the town gave him a $4,000 loan to bail him out of jail.

Mayor Darrick Jackson told media outlets he lost confidence in Chief Gregory Palmer, but would not say whether the loan to pay bail for failing to pay child support played a part in that decision.

Palmer says he was never given a chance to talk to town council or the mayor.

Palmer was hired in 2014 after Timmonsville reorganized its police force, which was disbanded in 2012 because the town didn’t have enough money.

Several town council members disagreed with the mayor’s decision. Councilman Paul Jackson says Palmer was doing an excellent job and the mayor is making bad decisions for Timmonsville’s future.

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