HERALD EXCLUSIVE: Sources say Chief Bill Lee Jr. will permanently step down this afternoon
by Rachel Delinski, Herald Editor
April 23 2012 at 1050 | 3724 views | 9 9 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. announces to the media March 22 that he will temporarily step down as police chief of the Sanford Police Department.
Former Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. announces to the media March 22 that he will temporarily step down as police chief of the Sanford Police Department.
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Sources have revealed to The Sanford Herald that former Chief Bill Lee Jr. will permanently resign this afternoon.

City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. confirmed there will be a special meeting held with city commissioners today at 4 p.m.

Sources said commissioners will discuss a severance package for Lee during the special meeting. Bonaparte would not confirm or deny a discussion about a severance package.

A public notice for the meeting stated commissioners would consider adoption of a "resolution relating to the police department."

Lee temporarily stepped down March 22 following public outcry over the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. In his absence Bonaparte appointed Capt. Darren Scott as acting police chief.

Bonaparte also stated he was working with the Police Executive Research Forum to locate an interim police chief from outside of Sanford.

During the Sanford Police Department’s investigation of the Feb. 26 shooting, Lee asserted Zimmerman was acting in self-defense and did not charge him with a crime.

However Special Prosecutor Angela Corey later decided to charge Zimmerman with 2nd-degree murder stating in a probable cause affidavit for his arrest that Zimmerman “profiled” and “confronted” Martin before shooting him.

Zimmerman was arrested April 11 and was released on bond at 12 a.m. today. He was fitted with an electronic monitoring device before his release, which will allow the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office to track him anywhere in the United States.

Check back at MySanfordHerald.com later for more details.