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Firing of chief may cost city

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By Dave Bell

A dismissal that had its beginnings in a case involving tall grass may eventually land the city of St. Elmo in deep weeds.

For 16 years – under five mayors – Ken Thomason has served as St. Elmo’s chief of police. From what is known, his personnel file contains no reprimands, no indications of performance problems.

Then, two weeks ago – after a flap over the enforcement of the city’s weed ordinance – Mayor Larry Tish presented Thomason with a letter saying that he was being terminated.


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