ROLLA, N.D. — The police chief of Rolla in far northern North Dakota has been fired.

Mayor Scott Mitchell moved to remove Joe Boehm at a City Council meeting on Oct. 18 after the police chief said he would not resign at the mayor’s request that morning.

Mitchell cited the need to go “in a different direction” in his motion.

The Bismarck Tribune reports council members voted 4-1 to remove Boehm. The former police chief says he is looking at other jobs and talking to attorneys.

Boehm says the council removed him as he was trying to investigate an $800 overage on a police sergeant’s phone, including many hours of personal phone calls.

Boehm had been Rolla’s police chief since March 2015. Sgt. Chris Wright has been acting chief of police since Tuesday.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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