Augusta Mayor Fires Police Chief

In a carefully worded statement, Augusta Mayor John Laycock terminated the employment of the city police chief Wednesday. Greg Cummins had been employed in different capacities in the city since 1978, officials said. He served as an officer and was named chief following the retirement of Chief Phil Cummins, his older brother, about 15 years ago. Following a special meeting of Augusta City Council on Wednesday, which was primarily held in an executive session, Laycock announced termination of Cummins as an employee and chief.