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Edmond Hanson's first move-made five minutes after being sworn in as mayor-was to fire police chief Jesse A. Butts. Hanson replaced Butts with a patrolman, who he ordered to "seize" City Hall so that the department heads Hanson vowed to fire could not get back into their offices. Butts had been too cozy with high ranking police brass who'd been brought up on criminal charges for shaking down one of Santa Barbara's better known madams, Dixie Ross, for protection money.

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