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Sanford to Trayvon Police Chief: You're Not Quitting

Bill Lee had tendered resignation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 2:44 PM CDT
Updated Apr 23, 2012 6:52 PM CDT
Trayvon Police Chief to Resign
Sanford Police Department Chief Bill Lee speaks while announcing he will temporarily step down in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing on March 22, 2012 in Sanford, Fla.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Sanford refused to accept its police chief's resignation today despite his handling of the George Zimmerman case, CBS News reports. The Florida city's commissioners voted 3-2 to reject Bll Lee's resignation, and most of them blamed tumult surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting on outsiders. "The city has experienced great turmoil in the past two months and we are hoping to stabilize the department and continue with this time of healing," said City Manager Norton Bonaparte.

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Lee had temporarily stepped aside last month, and already received a no-confidence vote from Sanford commissioners, notes the AP. Lee will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of an outside investigation. (Read more Trayvon Martin stories.)

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