"I am deeply saddened by the allegations that have recently been made against me, and I do not agree nor do I support the actions taken by the Mayor in response to them," McKinnon said in a statement to KNWA.
"I am confident a full investigation into this matter will absolve me of any wrongdoing whatsoever."
Officer Timothy Brasuell responded to the former chief's statement by saying:
"I think the accusation that I purposely edited the audio from multiple meetings is totally preposterous and it's untrue."
ORIGINAL STORY -- According to several sources within the police department, the Bethel Heights police chief has been fired after an officer came forward with audio recordings of a meeting between them.
Friday, multiple sources within the Bethel Heights Police Department confirmed to KNWA that Don McKinnon was fired as chief of police. Those sources also tell us that Wes Hart has been named interim chief.
Corporal Tim Brasuell claims that, in a recording he took on his cell phone, Chief Don McKinnon encouraged questionable behavior in order to pull people over and issue traffic tickets.
"The message that he was giving me was do whatever it takes to get the tickets even if you have to make somebody do something wrong," Corporal Brasuell says.
Brasuell played the recording for KNWA.
"The numbers are way low... You can only get those numbers if you're doing traffic stops," the voice on the recording says.
Brasuell, whose been with the BHPD since 2008, says in an effort to issue more tickets, McKinnon encouraged crooked cop behavior.
The voice goes on to say in the recording, "If I seen a vehicle, I could always find some reason to stop them, even if I made them do something stupid... I wanna stop that car load of dumb sh*** in the car, I wanna stop it, but they are not going to do anything wrong. Hell, I'll get behind or the other lane and I'd start crowding them. Kinda dirty pool but i got two or three arrests out of it."
Corporal Brasuell played the audio for the Bethel Heights city attorney and mayor, who put Chief McKinnon on administrative leave.
The recording was then passed on to the Benton County Prosecutor's Office, which decided against filing charges.
The Bethel Heights City Council is scheduled to discuss the future of the police chief position Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., according to city council member Jim Swanson.