Akron mayor asks police chief to resign, cites 'inappropriate contact with city employee'

Akron mayor asks police chief to resign, cites 'inappropriate contact with city employee'

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan discussed his request asking the Akron police chief to resign from his position this past weekend. Chief James Nice complied and stepped down from his position on Sunday.

Mayor Horrigan held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the request. According to a press release, "evidence of conduct unbecoming of an officer, inappropriate contact with a city employee and potential criminal misconduct" led Mayor Horrigan to make the decision.

Mayor Horrigan said, "These actions violate the mission, vision, and values of the Akron Police Department and the city of Akron and they will not be tolerated."

He added that it appears that Nice "lost his ability to lead the department."

The county prosecutor will handle the investigation into Nice's conduct. Criminal charges are possible, according to Mayor Horrigan.

Recently, the police department faced criticism after a 17-year-old committed suicide in the back of a police cruiser, but Mayor Horrigan reiterated that the two investigations are not connected.

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Maj. Kenneth Ball of the Akron Police Department has been appointed as provisional Chief of Police, according to a press release.

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