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Santa Rosa police chief resigns amid turmoil

Santa Rosa police chief Ed Flint has resigned effective Aug. 2, just five weeks after the city fired his second-in-command in controversy that has rocked the department.

City Manager Jeff Kolin, who hired Flint as police chief in January 2004, said the two of them reached ?a mutual agreement that he would leave his position as of Aug. 2.

Kolin said the 57-year-old Flint will get severance pay totaling a half year?s salary of around $90,000, and up to $7,000 to reimburse him for legal expenses.

Kolin declined to say what those legal expenses were for.

Mayor John Sawyer, who along with other council members were notified of Kolin?s decision Tuesday, said Wednesday that the change ?will give the department an opportunity for a fresh start.?

Sawyer, who declined to be specific, said the change was prompted by the ?unsettled environment in the police department.

The department has been rocked in recent weeks by the firing of Capt. Jamie Mitchell who was named in two of four complaints filed since January 2007 that contended discriminated and retaliated against employees based on gender and sexual orientation. Flint was named in all four complaints.


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