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. LOUIS (AP) — The interim police chief in Ferguson is leaving the post about two months earlier than expected, citing a desire to return to his family, city officials said Friday. 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.

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. Anderson began informing police department staff of his decision to leave after the City Council meeting at 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.

In coming to Ferguson, Anderson left “a much higher paying job, children, and his wife and other family members behind,” and he feels he’s needed back home, Small said. In a statement, Anderson said many community-policing initiatives started in the last few months will “build a stronger relationship between the department and Ferguson residents.” Recently, the city held its first meeting with residents and other community stakeholders to create a neighborhood policing plan. -Implemented the Walk and Talk Program, where police officers openly converse with business owners and community members in to build stronger relationships. Glendale officials said his administrative leave took effect from July 20 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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