Kemp, a small East Texas town near Dallas, has disbanded its police force because of budget woes, the Associated Press reports. The Kemp City Council voted Tuesday night to lay off the police chief and four police officers, along with a part-time secretary. The Dallas Morning News said the department ceased to exist Wednesday morning.
Chief Richard Clemmo said he had no warning that the force was to be disbanded. He is running for sheriff of Kaufman County, where Kemp is located. The town will depend on the sheriff’s department for law enforcement.