MILLERSBURG, Pa. - The last day on the job for the police chief of this small central Pennsylvania town will be Wednesday after the Borough Council fired him to avoid a tax increase.

Mayor Brian Musa said he strongly disagreed with the decision, although some residents say the town of 2,700 people is safe with or without Chief Kurt Braun.

The other three full-time officers will stay. Musa said the council also cut funds for part-time police officers, leaving Millersburg more reliant on state troopers stationed farther away.

Braun said he was being penalized for doing a good job and keeping the town safe the last 61/2 years. Braun, who has been a police officer for 50 years, says he will begin looking for a new job.

- AP