The Mills Town Council asked its longtime Fire Chief Dan Beall to resign earlier this month.

"The Town Council acted in this fashion in keeping with its desire to have strong and effective leadership in the Mills Fire Department that acts in accordance with the goals and direction of the Town and due to the feeling that this would be in keeping with that desire and necessity," according to a news release from the town late Tuesday.

The news release said the town appreciates his service, but it did not give any reasons why he was asked to resign. The news release did not identify Beall by name, but his picture was still on the town's website.

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"It is hoped that this transition shall be accomplished professionally with the best interests of the residents of the Town of Mills in mind," the news release said. "The Town assures the residents of the Town of Mills that services provided by the Town of Mills Fire Department shall in no way be disrupted due to these developments."