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EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Waynesboro's Police Chief Speaks Out After City Council Shakeup

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Waynesboro's police chief is speaking out after some recent controversy at a city council meeting.

We are digging for answers as to what exactly happened at that meeting that nearly got the chief fired last week.

Police chief Augustus Palmer III says he was shocked at what happened at last week's city council meeting.

Now he's speaking out about what happened at the meeting and his vision of Waynesboro's future.

An old picture frame rests on the desk of Waynesboro's Police Chief -- Augustus Palmer III.

"In my career, I've tried to emulate what the badge represents," said Palmer.

It's nearly 30 years old – that's how long Chief Palmer has served in law enforcement.

"It talks about things the badge represents. It talks about fairness, justice, authority and trust," said Palmer.

Now 4 months on the job in Waynesboro, he says his vision is to build trust and fight crime, but more recently he's had to fight for his position.

The police chief says he was shocked after last week's city council meeting. He just opened up and said last week, 3 council members tried to overthrow him, 3 others voted against it and it was the mayor who broke the tie.

"That doesn't concern me because I am going to the right thing. As long as my god, family and church members know the real Augustus Palmer, I'm not concerned what people will do to tarnish my armor," said Palmer.

We asked some city council members why they wanted to fire the chief. They say it's because they felt disrespected.  The chief says there were allegations of him threatening another council member but he says that's false.

"When the people in the council cheered, and clap and said he's the chief, let him do his job. You've been interfering with him doing his job."

"So as far as I am concerned, the citizens of Waynesboro are behind and I will work for them as long as I am here which is a long time."

Now that's not the only shake-up in Waynesboro. Just last Friday, Waynesboro's Deputy Police Chief – Roosevelt Lodge - was fired.

Lodge says he does plan to appeal that firing.

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