Embattled Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington confirmed Tuesday what has been widely reported, announcing his resignation, effective at the end of the year.

His top deputy, Alan Dreher, announced he would be also leaving the department, effective Dec. 8 for him. The veteran cops had worked together previously in Washington, D.C.  Pennington brought Dreher to Atlanta as the No. 2 in command when he became chief. Dreher had been a district commander for the D.C. police department.

"I've been privileged to work with both of them," said Mayor Shirley Franklin Tuesday at a press conference attended by both men. "They've brought reform and professionalism to the police department."

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