Worthing city leaders passed three motions at Tuesday night's meeting:
First, they decided to terminate Knutson effective Wednesday, December 19. Second, they made Knutson aware of his right to appeal the termination. Third, they instructed city employees to begin searching for a new police chief.
Working in law enforcement can be a tough job.
For police chiefs in Lincoln County, it also can be a tough job to keep.
Tea removed its police chief last month.
Tuesday, Worthing city leaders voted on whether to keep their chief.
KSFY News spoke with many in town who want the chief to stay.
City commissioners' plans are not a secret to the people in Worthing. Almost everyone we spoke with on the streets of Worthing is aware of the meeting scheduled Tuesday to determine the fate of their police chief.
Longtime resident Dean Peterson said "everybody has his phone number. If we've got trouble, we've got his phone number. We can call him. You can always rely on Roger. That's a fact."
Peterson says chief Roger Knutson has been good for keeping Worthing safe.
"Roger's been a good cop. He's fair to everybody. Doesn't pick on anybody. Basically he's fair to everybody. He's had a few squabbles with the city but everybody has squabbles with their employers," Peterson said.
This is more than a squabble. Last week, the mayor and commissioners recommended the city fire chief Knutson for harassment and repeated, inappropriate conduct.
But Peterson says Knutson's conduct is one you can count on.
"If I see something going on, Ii can call him up. I go 2 o'clock in the morning to go to work. I call him up 'hey Roger, there's something going on over here at the school...' He gets up out of bed and checks it out. That's the way Roger is. "
Many people we spoke with seem to know the chief on a first-name basis and want him to keep his badge.
"He knows everybody. He knows what's going on in the town that maybe if outside police come in and patrol, they don't know. Roger knows about what's going on in town. He's out patrolling the streets," Peterson said.
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