2009-01-01 / Front Page

Police Chief Fired To Avoid Tax Increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The last day on the job for the police chief of a small central Pennsylvania town will be Wednesday after the borough council fired him to avoid a tax increase.

Mayor Brian Musa of Millersburg says he strongly disagrees with the decision, although some residents say the town of 2,700 is safe with or without Chief Kurt Braun.

The other three full-time officers will stay.

But Musa says borough council also cut funds for parttime police officers, leaving Millersburg more reliant on state troopers stationed farther away.

Braun says he is being penalized for doing a good job and keeping the town safe the last 6 1/2 years as chief in Millersburg.

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