August 22, 2014
QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (AP) - The police chief in the desert town of Quartzsite near Arizona's border with California has been fired.
After eight years on the job, Jeff Gilbert's contract was terminated Tuesday by the Town Council.
The Arizona Republic reports Gilbert will receive about $116,000 in remaining pay and benefits provided in his employment contract.
Town Manager Laura Bruno says the Arizona Department of Public Safety is being asked to supply an acting chief of police during the search for Gilbert's successor.
Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster says he'd like to disband the police force and let the La Paz County Sheriff's Office handle the town's law enforcement.
Gilbert told the Republic that his ouster was orchestrated to cover up an inquiry he launched into Town Council members for allegedly releasing confidential police documents.
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