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Mayor Jackson Responds to Police Chief's Retirement

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"I do not hold any grudges or anything like that, and I have to look at the bigger picture.  What happens tomorrow, this next week, next month, next year," says Mayor Edna Jackson. 
But the days ahead will not be under the leadership of Police Chief Willie Lovett.
He retired Friday under a cloud of controversy ...two racial discrimination lawsuits from 2 captains within the department and the final straw a sexual harassment claim by one of his officers.
"I admire Chief Lovett for retiring.  Remember he had 40 years, and I'm sure he would not want to have a blemish on this community.  He has a family and I feel for his family.  We need to move past this.  Our City Manager and her team have been doing a tremendous job.  We will get over it." 
It could take a while for the wounds to heal though.
And the woman at the top of the healing process will now be
 Interim Chief Juliette Tolbert.
"I have no doubt that she will do a tremendous job.  Remember she's a veteran and she has served when the chief has been out."
But the Mayor says no matter who's in charge when it comes to safety the Mayor says crime will be handled.
"Our officers have been very good at capturing the individuals.  Maybe what we need to do is a better job of reporting it to the community."
Mayor Jackson is adamant about moving the city forward.
"We must have our city whole.  Please let us continue to be a united city which is most important in this community."
 Mayor Jackson told me City Manager Stephanie Cutter and city Attorney Brooks Stillwell will update council members about the investigation Thursday.  That will be a closed session.


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