Interim police chief in Ferguson resigns early

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ferguson City Council Thanks Interim City Manager for Service.

Anderson’s resignation and the departure of interim city manager Ed Beasley occurred almost simultaneously, as Ferguson named its new city manager Tuesday.Andre Anderson, a commander with the Glendale, Ariz., police department, was appointed to the department’s top post in July for a six-month contract.

Beasley was appointed by the Council on June 10, 2015 through a contracted agreement with Interim Solutions, LLC, a municipal government staffing agency. “When Mr. Anderson took a leave of absence from his job in Glendale, Arizona, last July to temporarily lead the Ferguson department after the Michael Brown shooting. He continued by stating his top goal in Ferguson “was to regain the trust of residents and the police department.” “Many of our policing initiatives that have been implemented over the past few months will build a stronger relationship between the department and Ferguson residents,” Anderson said. Anderson began informing police department staff of his decision to leave following the city council meeting in which Beasley’s replacement was named, said Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small. “He wanted to inform the police department and certain members of the community first,” Small said. “He not only left a job, but a family and he felt like it was time to get back home. “He didn’t come here expecting to stay on the job, he was expecting to stay for a short amount of time.

Anderson replaced assistant chief Al Eickhoff, who took over after chief Thomas Jackson stepped down following a scathing Justice Department report that found Ferguson officers repeatedly violated the civil rights of black residents. A press release sent out Friday announcing his resignation said Anderson established several initiatives as the police chief, including the Walk and Talk Program, problem solving meetings, basic leadership and community oriented police training and secured $600,000 in donation from the TASER International, which will support the department’s transparency efforts. “We respect Chief Anderson’s decision and appreciate the exceptional and innovative work he has done for the City of Ferguson and our Police Department,” Mayor James Knowles III said. “He has been a valuable member of our team and we wish him well in his future endeavors.” Anderson plans to resume his position as the commander of the Glendale, Arizona Police Department following his resignation from the Ferguson Police Department. Glendale officials said his administrative leave took effect from July 20 through the end of January, and that he was using vacation time that would be exhausted by the end of September. The initiative will allow officers to participate in new and innovative technology methods, have access to advanced body cameras and electronic record keeping systems and provide officers with options to utilize less lethal ways to address potential encounters. When he was hired, Anderson said he would only be able to get a good start on, but not complete, the reforms suggested in the Justice Department’s pattern and practice report during his six-month tenure.

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