The City of Tallassee will soon have a job opening for a new police chief. Lynn Hatter reports Mike DeLeo has submitted a letter of resignation.
Tallahassee Police Chief spokesman Damon Miller says Mike DeLeo’s resignation is effective on July 5th but that he expects the chief to remain in the office until then. No city officials were immediately available for comment. WTXL first reported DeLeo’s resignation.
DeLeo took over TPD in 2013 after former chief Dennis Jones, was ousted for his handling of the use of force and DUI arrest of a local woman. DeLeo has been working to clean up the department, which has faced accusations of excessive use of force.
But his tenure has also seen controversies. In 2015 he faced questions over his decision to date a subordinate. And a complaint filed last year from a group calling itself Concerned Employees of TPD alleged discrimination against black officers. The complaint was later retracted. DeLeo also clashed with County Commissioner Bill Proctor over where to construct a new police department. That has led the city to consider locations other than the Southside. The city has also seen an increasing rate of shootings during the past few years.
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