Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned Wednesday on the heels of a scathing Justice Department report that slammed his department.
Ferguson officials stated the the city agreed to a mutual separation. Jackson’s official resignation date is set for March 19.
“It is with profound sadness that I am announcing I am stepping down from my position as chief of police for the city of Ferguson, Missouri,” Jackson said, adding that serving the city as police chief “has been an honor and a privilege.”
“I will continue to assist the city in any way I can in my capacity as private citizen,” Jackson wrote.
Hey, but Jackson won’t be down and broke like most people who are forced to leave a job because of their incompetency. He’ll receive severance and health insurance for one year.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said it was only fair to give him a package.
“I think it’s fair to say that in many executive level private industries, you would get a similar treatment,” he said.
“I think it’s important that we recognize that the chief made this decision because he wanted to do this,” Knowles said. “He thought it was the best for the city and the Police Department.”