The Sanford, Florida, City Commission decided Monday not to accept the proposed resignation of its embattled police chief — who has been under fire for the handling of the probe into Trayvon Martin’s death in February.
Chief Bill Lee has been on leave since March 22, a day after the same city commission expressed a lack of confidence in him for how he’s handled the probe. George Zimmerman, who has said he killed the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense, was not arrested after being questioned by police the night of the shooting. He was charged weeks later with second-degree murder.
Earlier Monday, the city announced in a statement that a separation agreement had been reached with Lee to resign. If it was approved by the city commission, it would have taken effect at midnight.
But by a 3-2 vote, the city commission opted not to accept the proposed deal, which would have permanently dismissed Lee from the job and given him a severance package. Two commissioners had questioned the fairness of Lee losing his job, while Mayor Jeff Triplett said he preferred to wait possibly several months for the results of an investigation into Lee and his department
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