Sanford, Fla., city commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee on Monday. According to the Associated Press, the “majority blamed the uproar surrounding Martin’s death on outsiders.”
Lee, who last month left his post temporarily amid criticism of his handling of the Trayvon Martin case, had planned to step down permanently, according to CNN. The Sanford City Commission held a meeting Monday afternoon to vote on the resignation.
Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said he would wait until an investigation into Lee’s conduct is concluded before weighing in on the matter.
“I’m not ready to have him come back and run the police department,” Triplett told CNN. “But I don’t know if I’m ready for this either.”
Lee–who was harshly criticized for not arresting Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, on the night of the Feb. 26 shooting–initially announced he would step aside until the public furor receded.
“I am aware that my role as the head of the department has become a distraction,” Lee said at press conference on March 22. “I have come to the decision to temporarily remove myself.”
Capt. Darren Scott, who has served as interim chief during Lee’s absence, will remain in that position for now.
Zimmerman was released early Monday after posting a $150,000 bond.
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