Coker dismissed as Fritch Police Chief
On Monday morning, Kirk Coker was dismissed as the Chief of Police for the City of Fritch. Monte Leggett, Chief Administrator for the Fritch Police Department, confirmed on Monday afternoon that Coker was no longer with the Fritch Police Department. As to the reasons behind Coker’s dismissal, Leggett said he was not able to comment on personnel issues but stated “the rest of the officers on the Fritch Police Department are committed to serving the city of Fritch now and going forward in the future.”Fritch residents recently expressed concerns about Coker’s role with the police department since late March.When asked about Coker’s role with the Fritch PD on April 2nd, Fritch City Manager Bobby Lamb told the Borger News Herald, “Chief Coker is still the chief.”Monday afternoon the News Herald contacted Fritch Mayor Kevin Keener for a comment and to ask what led to the city’s decision to dismiss Coker. Keener said they he could not comment on the city’s decision. The News Herald contacted Coker who said he needed to consult with his attorney before making any comments. The News Herald attempted to contact Lamb for comment, but was told by a City of Fritch representative that he was unavailable.Coker has been with the Fritch Police Department since August 22, 2011, when he came from the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Department and resigned from his position as Deputy replacing Terry Cox, who resigned as Chief of Police on July 29, 2011.Leggett said Victor Vargas, current Police Services Supervisor, will step in and do some of the chief duties until a new chief is named. On March 24th, Coker was named Man of the Year by the Fritch Area Chamber of Commerce.**Friends and members of the Fritch community are planning to hold a prayer vigil at Coker's residence Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.