Ferguson City Manager John Shaw resigns - KMOV.com

Ferguson City Manager John Shaw resigns

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by: Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV) -- News 4 has learned that John Shaw is out as Ferguson City Manager Tuesday night after issuing a statement that called the allegations by the Department of Justice against him as 'simply false.'

Shaw's resignation comes after the report by the DOJ report accused him of knowing that the Ferguson Municipal Court was being unfair.

In his statement, Shaw said:

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my separation from the City of Ferguson as city manager. After much thought and prayer, I feel it is in the community's best interest that I step aside at this time. I care deeply for this community, and I believe that with our coming municipal election it is the appropriate time for the City to experience change in its city manager."

The statement continued as Shaw addressed the DOJ's report:

"And while I certainly respect the work that the DOJ recently performed in their investigation and report on the City of Ferguson, I must state clearly that my office never instructed the police department to target African Americans, nor falsify charges to administer fines, nor heap abuses on the backs of the poor. Any inferences of that kind form the report are simply false."

The Ferguson City Council voted 7-0 in favor of Shaw's resignation and said his duties will be divided between various departments throughout the city.

"We appreciate John's service and commitment to the City of Ferguson for the past eight years," said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.

The city said it will begin a nationwide search for a new City Manager immediately.

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