Blue Mound fires its police chief

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Blue Mound’s city council has voted to fire its police chief, Randy Baker, who said he reported unethical behavior among city officials to state agencies.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the decision by the council came after allegations of unprofessional behavior by Baker. Mayor Alan Hooks said the police chief “flipped off” two water department workers, an allegation that Baker denied.

Instead, Baker told the newspaper he believes he was fired because he reported multiple violations that include misuse of funds by Hooks and the city secretary to the Texas Rangers, the state comptroller’s office and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

Baker said Hooks told him to force his officers to write more traffic tickets or their pay would be docked. Hooks denied that allegation and told the Star-Telegram that citation revenue is down 70 percent.

Blue Mound hired Baker as a narcotics officer in 2014. He was promoted to chief in 2017.

Baker was fired from his previous job as a resource officer in the Carroll school district after handcuffing an autistic student. The student’s parents sued Baker and the city of Southlake, but that lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge, the newspaper reported.

Baker’s attorney, Randy Moore, told the Star-Telegram he will likely file a whistleblower suit against Blue Mound as soon as he has received the chief’s termination letter from the city.

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