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Anderson police chief fired

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Former Anderson Police Chief Martin Brown ( Former Anderson Police Chief Martin Brown (
ANDERSON, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Anderson Police Chief Martin Brown is no longer employed with the city, according to a news release from City Manager John Moore Jr.

Brown was placed on paid leave last week, after officers raised issues, but none of them alleged wrongdoing, according to the Associated Press.

Moore told FOX Carolina that Martin was fired because of some long-standing issues that needed to be resolved - among them, the high turnover rate at the police department.

Moore said that Capt. Jim Stewart will continue as acting chief until a permanent replacement can be found.

"We will be working on identifying our process and a time frame," Moore said. "Previously, we have had a team of law enforcement professionals assist with the process. We can evaluate this and other methods employed by municipal law enforcement."

Moore said the police department will continue to meet the steadfast mission of protecting Anderson residents, visitors and businesses.

In the release, Moore wished Martin well and thanked him for his years of service.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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