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GIBSON CITY - Gibson City's police chief is being removed from that job.

Chief Chris Decker is "being reassigned" on the city police force and will no longer be chief, Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey said Thursday.

Officials declined to say why Decker, a 20-year veteran of Gibson City's police force, is losing the position he was named to in 2001. Decker also declined to comment Thursday.

A special City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Council members will meet in executive session before taking action on Decker's position and related matters.

Council member Dennis Pardick, who chairs the council's police committee, said details of the personnel change will be given in a statement following Monday's meeting.

Pardick said city police officers can contact Ford County Sheriff Bill Kean for assistance if needed until a new police chief is named.

Decker has served as both a patrol officer and investigator before being named acting police chief in May 2001 by then-Mayor Brady Peters. The City Council hired Decker as police chief on Sept. 24, 2001.

Decker's most recent salary as police chief was $50,000 plus benefits.

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