In an emergency meeting Wednesday, July 24, the Maud City Council extended the unpaid suspension of the police chief and hired an interim police chief.

According to City Clerk and Treasurer David Zeller, the unpaid suspension of Police Chief Patricia Bateman was extended.

Bateman's suspension will remain intact pending an investigation.

City Council members also hired Richard Finch as Interim Police Chief, he said, adding that Finch will remain the interim chief until the investigation into Bateman is concluded.

Note: This story has been updated to correct that Finch is not under investigation and he will remain interim chief until the investigation into Bateman is concluded.