(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson will resign his position as part of a “mutual separation” from the city.
According to a press release from the city, Jackson’s resignation is effective Thursday, March 19. “This was a mutual decision by both the Police Chief and the City’s administration,” the release said. Jackson will receive a severance and one year of health insurance.
The city announced that Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff will assume the duties as acting Chief of Police on March 19. The city will also begin a nationwide search for a new police chief.
Jackson initially came under fire in August for his department’s handling of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
In November, Jackson told ABC News that he had no plans to resign.
“I do not intend to resign or step down,” he said at the time. “I’m going to see this through.”
Jackson is the sixth city official to be fired or resign since the release of the DOJ report last week.
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