Show me your underwear
Here’s how the firing of police Chief Garr Nielsen went down:
Tyson arrived at EPD at 11am on Friday for a pre-scheduled meeting with the Chief. Such meetings were not unusual, but this time Tyson had Asst. City Manager Mike Knight in tow. Once in Garr’s office, Tyson read from a prepared script to inform Garr he was sacked, effective immediately.
Tyson told Garr to hand over his phones, computers, radios, badge, service revolver — and his uniform — on the spot. Garr happened to have an extra set of clothes in the office from days off doing maintenance at the Department (incoming police chiefs take heed — an extra set of clothes will limit the time Tyson gets to gawk at your undies in the event you are fired for no reason).
Tyson gets Garr down to his skivvies and starts asking him about guns. Does he have any at home? Garr said no. Tyson asks about Garr’s rifle, and Garr points to it hanging on the wall in his office.
Captain Murl Harpham then walks into the office — apparently already informed of the firing — to escort Garr from the building.
After collecting a few belongings from his police car under Tyson’s watchful eye, Garr walked across the street to his car and left.