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City of Brooklet decides not to hire interim police chief

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Brooklet Police Department (WTGS FOX 28)

After a traffic stop caught on camera went viral on Facebook, and another video circulated social media shortly following, the Brooklet police chief stepped down from his post.

Chief Doug Meyer hung his hat amid controversy when one of his officers, John Baker, was caught yelling at a woman, Cindy Bodaford Lee, who says she was giving a ride home to children in Brooklet. He was filmed later that week at City Hall, demanding that she leave the building.

The confrontation between Lee and Baker received hundreds of shares on Facebook. Baker was originally supposed to be the new interim chief once Meyer resigned, according to Mayor William Hendrix. Now, he is no longer being given that opportunity.

"We figured that would be the right thing for the time being. We're just not going to do it," Hendrix said.

Hendrix says applications are now open for the next police chief. Until then, one of the members of council has been assigned to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Brooklet Police Department.