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Prophetstown, IL Police Chief Fired: Community Asks Why

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After two decades of serving his community, the Police Chief of Prophetstown, IL is let go, fired by the mayor.

The decision has left many in the community wondering why.

"First of all I want to say, it wasn't an easy decision, something like this never is," said Mayor of Prophetstown Steve Swanson. "But, it was my opinion that Prophetstown... It needed to happen as far as I was concerned and all I did was exercise the right that my statute provides me."

Mayor Steve Swanson said he had the support of most of the City Council to fire the former Chief of Police Mike Fisk.

"I know some people are upset, I think the majority of the people are looking for a different attitude from the Police Department and I think they'll see that in the new direction," said Mayor Swanson.

But some people in Prophetstown said they're shocked and confused to hear that Fisk was let go. Shandie Peterson said she grew up with mike fisk as her dare officer in school and always felt safe when he was chief.

"They didn't really tell anybody too much about anything just that they're going in a different direction which I don't think anybody believes that and everybody is very upset that that was the reason he was given," said Peterson.

Another resident said he thought Fisk would always be the city's chief.

"I thought he was a great guy, I thought he was great for the town of Prophetstown when he was doing his job," said Mark Huntsman resident of Prophetstown.

But with so many asking the question "why", Mayor Swanson said this wasn't a personal matter and that he waited months to finally make his decision.

When asked what his message was to the people in the community who say that moving in a new direction isn't a good enough answer for them, Mayor Swanson said:

"All I can to those people is I feel bad they feel the way they do. I think if they just give themselves some time and slow down the rumors that they'll see everything else will work out just fine," said Mayor Swanson.

Mayor Swanson said he made the decision to let Mike Fisk go and last night council voted 4-to-3 to promote Sgt. Bruce Franks the new Police Chief, who was already within the department.

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