CROYDON, N.H. — A New Hampshire town’s chief of police left town hall in his underwear after officials voted to dissolve the one-man department.
“I was told that I had to turn over the keys to the cruiser and my uniform immediately. I had no other means of transportation, as the cruiser is a take-home vehicle, and I have no spare clothes in the office, so I did as ordered,” police chief Richard Lee told the Union Leader.
Lee, who had worked nearly 20 years for the town, walked nearly a mile home during a snowstorm in a pair of boots, his hat and underwear before his wife picked him up.
The cut was an attempt to save about $50,000 in the town’s budget, the Union Leader reported. The town will contract its services from the New Hampshire State Police.
Lee will receive a month’s severance pay.
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