CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On his second day in office, Nitro's new mayor fired the city's police chief, who thinks money had something to do with it.
Nitro Police Chief Jack Jordan said Mayor Dave Casebolt called Jordan into his office Monday morning and gave him a letter of termination. Jordan had been Nitro police chief since December 2000, all under former mayor Rusty Casto, whom Casebolt defeated in city elections last month.
Jordan said Casebolt did not provide him with a reason for his termination, but recalled a conversation the two men had more than a month ago.
"He came into my office when he was running and said that somebody offered him $6,000 for his campaign if he would fire me," Jordan said.
Jordan said he asked who that person was, but said Casebolt would not tell him.
Casebolt said those allegations are "absolutely not true."
He said that more than a year ago, someone offered him money if Jordan were fired. He didn't take that person's offer, he said.
"They were just people who wanted to see Jack gone," the mayor said. "I've never accepted a penny."