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Nolensville police chief fired after refusing resignation

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NOLENSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A shake-up in a small-town police force has about a third of the officers in Nolensville out of a job.

The town's mayor plans to take the department in a new direction, but that apparently does not include the long-time chief of police.

Mayor Jimmy Alexander and the town's attorney told Chief Paul Rigsby and Officer Troy Buckley on Tuesday they could resign or face termination.

Neither employee heard why, and, by law, the town does not have to say.

The officer resigned, but the chief refused.

Rigsby would not agree to an on-camera interview Wednesday, but over the phone he said the 15-minute conversation with the town's top leaders blindsided him.

In his words, "It is what it is."

Rigsby and Buckley had each been with the department for years.

In 2011, the department reprimanded Buckley for using foul language over a police radio, but each otherwise had a clean personnel record, full of training certificates and several commendations.

The mayor did not have much to say and did not give a reason for the personnel changes other than saying the city "needs to go in a different direction."

Nolensville only has a police force of seven officers, so that is now down to five as the search for a new chief soon gets under way.

An interim chief stepped in Wednesday.

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