Mayor Kristen Brown says the decision to remove Chapple was made to “increase the level of professionalism” within the department.
Money intended to fund a sports complex in Columbus is being directed to other city projects.
Before Downtown Columbus, Incorporated may be disbanded, leases with its tenants must be renegotiated.
Earlier this month, the project also lost the financial backing of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation.
Mayor Kristen Brown campaigned, in part, on a platform of eliminating the sports complex.
Delays in the project, a pending court case against it and changes in city administration all play into the change of heart.
The Bartholomew County Democratic Party Chairman says near-total control by the GOP in the county will lead to higher standards for lawmakers.
New city government officials took office this weekend. Columbus, Greenwood, and Mitchell all have new mayors this week.
Republican mayoral candidate Kristen Brown and several city council candidates won elections in Columbus on Tuesday.
Kristen Brown will become Columbus' next mayor, achieving a 2 to 1 victory over opponent Priscilla Scalf.