Former Latta Police Chief Freddie Davis sent termination letter

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An attorney for Freddie Davis, the man hired by Latta Mayor Earl Bullard to be the new police chief, sent town council a letter asking for clarification on his employment status.

A Latta Town Council Member said Freddie Davis sent a letter to town hall Tuesday afternoon through his attorney.

The letter asked the council if Davis still had a job or if he had been let go, according to the council member. The letter said Davis believes there was some confusion on the matter and he wanted it clarified.

Officials say council sent a letter to Davis on Friday saying his services were no longer needed.

Town Council has also called Davis' attorney to let him know Davis' services are no longer needed with the Latta Police Department.

Davis was scheduled to begin operating as the town's police chief July 1, but Crystal Moore, the former Latta Police Chief, returned to work as the Police Chief Monday morning after being re-hired by council on Friday. Council fired Davis during the same council meeting Friday night.

Davis was hired by Bullard on June 18 and his contract was signed June 23, Bullard said.

The announcement of his hiring took place one day after town voters approved a referendum to change the town's form of government from Strong Mayor-Weak Council to Weak Mayor-Strong Council.

Council wanted a change of government after Bullard fired Moore, who was Latta's longtime police chief, in April and the council lacked the power to reinstate her.

Bullard said Davis' contact addresses a change in the form of government so that Davis will still have to be paid under a Strong Council form of government.

Bullard added if council fires Davis, they will need to pay him the $80,000 left on his two year contract.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.