Sanford Police Chief Lee to officially resign

Sanford Police Chief Lee to officially resign

Sanford Police Chief Lee to officially resign

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by CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 12:12 PM

(CBS/AP) Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee will officially resign today, CBS News has learned.

Lee had temporarily left the department last month in the wake of criticism over handling of the investigation in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

CBS Affiliate WKMG reports that Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett has called a special meeting with city commissioners at 4 p.m. A public notice for the meeting only stated commissioners would consider adoption of a "resolution relating to the police department."

Lee announced on March 22 that he was temporarily stepping down from his position, after the city commissioners affirmed a "no confidence" vote, following weeks of protests over the Martin shooting.

Lee and the city prosecutor had been bitterly criticized for not making an arrest in the February 26 shooting death of the 17-year-old Martin, after a neighborhood watch volunteer confessed to the killing, in self-defense.

Lee had said evidence in the case supported George Zimmerman's self-defense claim.

Shortly after Lee announced his departure, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the local state attorney, Norman Wolfinger, had recused himself from the case. Scott appointed Angela Corey, the state attorney for the Jacksonville area, to take over the investigation.

On April 11 Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

A source within the Sanford Police Department said one of the acting chiefs may also tenure his resignation today as well.

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