The Town of Altavista will need to look for a new police chief a littler earlier than it had planned.
Town Manager Waverly Coggsdale III tells WSLS, that Police Chief Clay Hamilton was fired on Wednesday, following "frustrations" over comments Hamilton made to reporters.
Coggsdale says Hamilton jumped the chain of command by disclosing his opinions and frustrations, rather than going through the correct offices.
Hamilton had been set to retire on July 1st.
The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that the dismissal followed Hamilton's release of a seven-page statement, which listed various grievances with town leaders that Hamilton believes hurt officers' morale.
The LN&A quote Coggsdale as saying, "Now that we have a copy, we'd like to review it and see if there are any issues we need to address," and that Coggsdale would publicly release results of the review.