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Tallahassee Police Chief DeLeo resigning

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Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 12:06 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

June 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo is resigning, effective July 5.

The Tallahassee Police Department tells WCTV that Chief DeLeo met with command staff and sent a letter to the department Wednesday informing them of his resignation.

In a statement, Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad said Major Steve Outlaw will serve as Interim Chief as a nationwide search is conducted to fill the position permanently.

Goad's full statement can be seen below.

DeLeo was hired as Chief in 2014, coming to Tallahassee from the Plantation Police Department in Plantation, Florida.

He's had a rocky tenure as Chief, facing claims of racial discrimination,

and

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Under DeLeo, the Tallahassee Police Department has also faced criticism for the city's gun violence and high crime rate.

DeLeo's resignation letter can be seen attached to this story

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