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BUNKER HILL, Ind. — A small Indiana town is without a police department after the town marshal and four reserve deputies resigned over complaints the Town Council mismanaged the department and asked officers to perform illegal actions.

Fox 59 in Indianapolis Town Marshal Michael Thomison turned in a resignation letter from him and his four reserve, unpaid deputies during the town board meeting on Monday.

Thomison alleged the board asked him to be involved in illegal, immoral and unethical actions, including requesting confidential information and asking him to conduct criminal background checks on other board members.

Council President Brock Speer said the council was “blindsided” by the resignations.

Bunker Hill has about 890 residents.