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The four Candor officers fired in December said they are depressed and upset by some of the replacements town commissioners have hired.

Records from the Candor Police Department indicate the four fired men had good service. That means years of service without any disciplinary incidents and with promotions.

However, records from two of the replacement officers show a more eventful past.

Joseph Majors, who came to Candor from Mount Gilead, was dismissed because of a problem with his time sheet, according to Mount Gilead's police chief. The town manager requested the chief to fire Majors, according to the chief.

Erik Jackson was a former state trooper who was fired over the summer. He was suspended three times during his trooper tenure–once for taking his patrol car to Charlotte while off-duty, once for not responding to calls in a timely manner and once for a road rage incident in which another driver said Jackson was driving carelessly and recklessly.

The officers' lawyer said he is still considering a lawsuit.

Commissioners have called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday to consider hiring a new police chief.

The town has been taking applications for a month but received only three applications. One of the applicants withdrew after learning the job pays a maximum of $33,000 a year.

Sources tell FOX8's Mitch Carr that commissioners are leaning toward hiring Fulp.

According to the Candor town clerk, there is no guarantee that whoever is hired will receive the same salary as former Candor Police Chief Randy White.

That's because the town may not have enough money after paying unemployment insurance for White and three other officers fired in December.