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Fla. City Commission Rejects Chief's Resignation

April 24, 2012  | 

Screenshot: WESH
Screenshot: WESH

Elected leaders in Sanford, Fla., tabled the resignation of Chief Bill Lee on Monday, saying they would wait for the results of the investigation of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Chief Bill Lee, who temporarily stepped down in March, offered his formal resignation, which wasn't accepted by the City Commission on a 3-2 vote.

"The city commission spoke," city manager Norton Bonaparte told Florida Today. "They were not ready to have the resignation. So we'll move forward."

Bonaparte said the city expects to hire an interim chief.

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Tags: Police Chiefs, Sanford (Fla.) PD, Trayvon Martin Shooting


Comments (5)

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Tom Ret @ 4/24/2012 6:01 PM

Al (not to sharp) Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, the rainbow coalition and the black panthers will not like this.

Franklin @ 4/25/2012 3:52 AM

I salute the the elected leaders of our Sunshine state. Waiting is the best policy and the smart way to handle this issue. Did we hear anything regarding the warrant(s) for the Black Pather members? We should handle this entire matter above board. Jesse, Al what's the status on the Hit Squad. You should both express your concerns regarding this type of criminal behavior. Cat got your tongue???

Dan @ 4/25/2012 6:45 AM

To Tom Ret: TFB! Until the investigation was farther along and indicated otherwise, the "law" (however misguided it was) dictated he was not subject to arrest. The Chief's hands were tied. If he would have arrested the guy and the evidence supported Zimmerman, he would have been in court for wrongful arrest.

Dan @ 4/25/2012 6:49 AM

By the way, I saw the Mayor on TV saying he was not ready to have him remain as Chief. What a guy! He doesn't understand the issues with this "stand-your-ground" legislation.

Tom Ret @ 4/25/2012 8:32 AM

Dan- My previous comment was meant to be facetious. After a career in law enforcement, I understand what PC means and what happens if you arrest without it.

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