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City rejects Sanford police chief's resignation
Raycom News Network ^ | April 23, 2012 | Theresa Seiger

Posted on 04/23/2012 2:48:10 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

SANFORD, FL (RNN) - Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. announced Monday he would resign permanently from the city's police force, but the city commission is having none of it.

Lee said early Monday he would resign immediately and permanently, and the commission planned to discuss his severance package at 4 p.m. ET. However, the AP reported the commission voted 3-2 to reject Lee's resignation.

The majority voting in favor of the rejection cited the very public uproar over George Zimmerman's shooting and killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, 17, as the reason for their vote.

Lee resigned temporarily March 22 after the department was roundly criticized for not arresting Zimmerman.

"I'm aware that my role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction," Lee said at a press conference March 22. "It is my hope the process would move swiftly and thoroughly through the justice system."

An agenda on the City Commission's site said the group would discuss the "adoption of a resolution relating to the police department."

City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. would not confirm to the Herald that the resolution had to do with Lee.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtvm.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banlist; florida; georgezimmerman; sanford; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 04/23/2012 2:48:14 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good for them.


2 posted on 04/23/2012 2:49:34 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Great news, justice still lives in Florida!


3 posted on 04/23/2012 2:52:22 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder if they rejected his resignation so they could fire him instead... Maybe if they fire him, they won’t have to pay him a severance package.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 2:54:11 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just a feeling, but I suspect that his severance package would be fairly big (depending on how many years he’s been there). He may be looking at the period which he has to be out of the office, and just figuring it’s not worth waiting twelve months to get his job back.

I personally think he should have simply said he was off the force until prosecutor determined what they were going to do...then come right back onto duty. You can imagine all future police chiefs in this town....the minute anyone gets shot....they need to resign....to save the community. Life just doesn’t work this way.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 2:54:25 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a surprising move on their part. Good for them for standing up against the race baiters.


6 posted on 04/23/2012 2:54:25 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Newt 2012)
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To: Lurker

is this so they can fire him with no severance? or are they showing confidence. not sure..


7 posted on 04/23/2012 2:54:41 PM PDT by omega4179 (#OBAMAATEDOG)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why should he resign for doing a good job. He should stand by his investigation.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 2:55:25 PM PDT by GranTorino (Bloody Lips Save Ships.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bill Lee Jr. doesn’t need to be singled out and hunted down for something he did or didn’t do. I can’t blame him for bowing out of something that has become so political.


9 posted on 04/23/2012 2:55:33 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: CA Conservative

Usually it’s the other way around, fired people get severance, quitting people get to tell everybody off.


10 posted on 04/23/2012 2:55:59 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Maybe Chief Bill Lee Jr. needs to enunciate more clearly his assessment of the quality of Sanford citizens.

Last I heard, Florida still doesn't have slavery for police officers, just DemoRat Plantations scattered about.

I don't blame him for refusing to work in lynch mob city.

11 posted on 04/23/2012 2:57:43 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Holder’s “peacekeepers” won’t like this.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 2:57:52 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

13 posted on 04/23/2012 2:58:06 PM PDT by tomkat (let's NEWTer the rat bastards !)
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To: discostu
Usually it’s the other way around, fired people get severance, quitting people get to tell everybody off.

Not if they are fired "for cause"... What raised the question in my mind is that the article says the council was meeting to discuss the chief's severance package, but instead voted to reject his resignation. There is nothing in the article to indicate whether this was supposed to be a vote of confidence, or whether they planned to get rid of him in some other, more humiliating way.

14 posted on 04/23/2012 2:59:38 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Lurker

Ditto...
GOOD FOR THEM


15 posted on 04/23/2012 3:00:40 PM PDT by codder too
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To: pepsionice

We don’t know the whole story. He could be a pos. The people of Sanford are pissed for a reason. I haven’t done my research. But who knows..


16 posted on 04/23/2012 3:02:07 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: CA Conservative

Usually in his kind of position there’s a contract, and fired translates to “bought out” (all the pay, and go away). They’d be retarded to reject his resignation just so they can fire him later, any humiliation would land on them. “You can’t quit you’re fired” is a sitcom line, when city councils start living the sitcom life they get made fun of.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 3:02:09 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

they want their scapegoat if they need it


18 posted on 04/23/2012 3:02:46 PM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sanity.


19 posted on 04/23/2012 3:10:07 PM PDT by AnTiw1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Didn’t the same city commission previously voted no confidence to their chief of police?


20 posted on 04/23/2012 3:12:11 PM PDT by hamboy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think it’s nice that they’re expressing confidence in him, but he probably really wants to leave. He’s going to have to testify, he knows he’s going to be demonized, and I think he’d like to have a graceful exit that also does not give the race baiters any chance to attack his city as well.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 3:14:31 PM PDT by livius
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To: hamboy

Yes, with a 3-2 vote. This time someone switched their vote.


22 posted on 04/23/2012 3:24:38 PM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: CA Conservative

That was my thought - no severance package. I believe they were to work on what he is entitled to tonight and this came down instead.


23 posted on 04/23/2012 3:50:57 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: CA Conservative

Joe Paterno got one.


24 posted on 04/23/2012 4:38:41 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: Seeking the truth

Must have been the mayor that switched his vote. There are four comisioners and the mayor, I think.


25 posted on 04/23/2012 7:23:53 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Lurker; SWAMPSNIPER

No, not good for them or him. They’re waiting for the results of an investigation by the Justice Department that aims to uncover any wrongdoing by the police chief. The resignation would have included four months of severence pay. An interim chief could be appointed, a move that the mayor approves of.


26 posted on 04/24/2012 8:14:06 AM PDT by Crucial
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