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Oroville City Council voted to remove the Chief of Police of duty immediately, the city attorney said during a special meeting.

Posted: Mar 30, 2021 6:11 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2021 8:50 AM

UPDATE: 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - The city of Oroville is looking for a new police chief after the city council voted Tuesday night to fire Joe Deal.

"By action of the council in closed session, a motion was made by Mayor Reynolds and seconded by Vice Mayor Thompson to relieve the chief of police of duty effective immediately,” City council members said in a meeting.

For about a year and a half, Joe Deal has served as Oroville’s Police Chief. As of Tuesday night, Deal is no longer an employee for the city. Action News Now spoke with Mayor Chuck Reynolds after the meeting, he said they wanted to “go another way.”

"We wish Chief Deal all the best of luck in his future endeavors, but the city is going to go another way for Public Safety Director,” Mayor Reynolds said.

The council voted 5-1 with one abstention. Those who voted to remove Deal in the motion were Council Member Krysi Riggs, Council Member David Pittman, Council Member Eric Smith, Vice Mayor Thompson, and Mayor Reynolds.

For now, the city will fly the position and interview applicants for Public Safety Director. Action News Now asked Reynolds why they decided to let Deal go.

“It was without cause,” Reynolds said. “We just decided to go another way.”

Mayor Reynolds said that previous Chief of Police and City Administrator Bill LaGrone has already taken over the position in the meantime.

Action News Now reached out to Joe Deal for comment, however, we did not hear back. Click here to watch the city council’s announcement on this decision online.

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OROVILLE, Calif. - Oroville City Council voted to remove the Chief of Police, Joe Deal, of his duty immediately, the city attorney said during a special meeting.

The council voted 5-1 with one abstention to relieve the Chief of Police, the city attorney said. 

The city attorney said the city administrator will temporarily fill the position.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night, Oroville Mayor, Chuck Reynolds, said Deal is no longer an employee of the city, meaning he is no longer an employee of the Oroville Police Department.

Those who voted to remove Deal in the motion were Council Member Krysi Riggs, Council Member David Pittman, Council Member Eric Smith, Vice Mayor Thompson, and Mayor Reynolds.

Council Member Arthur Hatley voted against the removal of Deal and Council Member Janet Goodson voted for an abstention. 

We are working to find out what led the council to terminate Deal. 

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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