The city of McLoud has a new interim police chief on duty after the city manager removed Police Chief Tom Pringle from his duties on Monday.

McLoud City Manager Buck Day confirmed Tuesday that he decided to make some changes in administration and Interim Police Chief Wesley Elliott is now leading the police department.

Day, who said the change in direction is best for the city, had no other comments on the personnel issue.

Pringle, confirming his termination, said he was shocked, adding that his last performance evaluation was a good one.

He said he felt like he was making a positive impact as they worked to be a better community police department, including a changed emphasis on solving crimes.

Pringle was given a chance to stay on at the McLoud Police Department as a patrol officer, both said, but Pringle chose not to do so.

Day said this change is administration hasn't impacted the rest of the department's eight full-time police officers.

Pringle became McLoud's police chief in late 2014 after retiring from a career with the Shawnee Police Department.

Interim Chief Elliott has worked at other law enforcement agencies, Day said, including the Harrah Police Department and Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office.

Watch for updates.