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Buffalo Board of Aldermen fires police chief

Sam Hartsell was terminated after five years as chief.

August 28, 2013|by Joe Daues, KSPR News |

BUFFALO, Mo. -- The City of Buffalo fired Police Chief Sam Hartsell this week. 

KSPR News obtained a copy of the termination letter.   In it, Hartsell is advised his employment with the city will be terminated at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday.

Alderman Jess Stafford confirmed Hartsell was no longer police chief but said he hadn't seen the letter, which was signed by Mayor Andrew Mead.

When asked why Hartsell was fired, Stafford referred us to the city attorney or the mayor but said he expects some litigation in the future.


A former alderman would only say "there were problems."

Hartsell's wife says he's been on funeral leave for a death in the family and only learned he was fired when the mayor brought the termination letter to their house after the funeral.

Hartsell was a reserve deputy in the Greene County Sheriff’s Department in 1969.   In 1973, he joined the Republic Police Department, where he became chief of police in 1979.  He also served as chief of police in Cassville  in 2002 and chief of police for Centralia between 2003 and 2007.  Hartsell had been police chief in Buffalo since August 25, 2008.

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