Crawford County investigator Tom Wallace says his boss beat him in Tuesday's election, then fired him Thursday.
Incumbent Lewis Walker, a Democrat, beat Wallace, the Republican in the sheriff's race. Walker got 3,520 votes, 69 percent and Wallace got 1560 votes, 31 percent.
When he reported for work Thursday, Wallace says, Walker fired him.
He said the sheriff gave him a letter saying that he was fired, because his statements during the campaign created dissension in the department and because Walker doubted that the investigator could follow his leadership in the future.
The letter says Wallace also promised to fire Walker from the department if elected -- but Wallace says that's not true.
He said the sheriff gave him the option to resign, but he declined.
Walker could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Wallace says he's worked for the department for six years and his relationship wilth the sheriff was "great." He described himself as an Air Force veteran with three degrees.
He said he decided to run in part to restore trust in the sheriff's department.
"A lot of people don't have an awful lot of faith in the sheriff's department," he said.
Wallace says he'll consult with an attorney but isn't sure of his next move.