City manager announces Capt. Darren Scott as acting police chief
by Rachel Delinski, Herald Editor
March 26 2012 at 1149 | 4023 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Capt. Darren Scott (left) speaks during a press conference with City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. (right) in front of the Sanford Museum on Monday afternoon.
Capt. Darren Scott (left) speaks during a press conference with City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. (right) in front of the Sanford Museum on Monday afternoon.
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Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. announced this afternoon that Captain Darren Scott, a 23-year veteran of the Sanford Police Department, will serve as acting police chief in the absence of Bill Lee Jr.

During his career in the department, Scott has served in various positions including patrol, investigations, special operations and the office of professional standards.

Bonaparte also announced Captain Robert O’Connor will serve as deputy police chief.

Scott, who spoke during the press conference held at the Sanford Museum on 1st Street, would not comment on any aspect of the shooting case involving 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“We would like to have a quick, positive solution to this tragic case,” he said. “I urge everyone to allow the system to take its course.”

Details of the case have emerged in the media in the past week, but Scott said he would not comment on any possible leaks in the department.

“I would like the integrity of this investigation to remain tight,” he said.

Bonaparte later commented that Lee, who announced he would temporarily remove himself as chief on Thursday, has been completely removed from the day-to-day operations of the Sanford Police Department.

City officials are now preparing for the 4 p.m. scheduled march from Centennial Park to the Sanford Civic Center. Following the march, city commissioners will hold their commission meeting at 5 p.m. at the Sanford Civic Center with overflow in Fort Mellon Park.