KEMP, Texas (AP) - A small East Texas town near Dallas has disbanded its police force because of budget woes.
The Kemp City Council voted Tuesday night to lay off the town's police chief and four police officers, along with the police department's part-time secretary. The Dallas Morning News reports the department officially ceased to exist Wednesday morning.
Chief Richard Clemmo said he and his force had no warning that the force was to be disbanded. Clemmo is now running for sheriff of Kaufman County, where Kemp is located. The town will now depend on the sheriff's department for law enforcement.
Kemp is a town of about 1,200 residents 40 miles southeast of Dallas.