Tallahassee police chief announces retirement

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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 3:08 pm | Updated: 7:10 pm, Mon Dec 16, 2013.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones announced Friday he will retire effective October 5.

Jones has served as Tallahassee's chief since May 21, 2007.

In a statement to WTXL, Jones says he intended to retire in the spring of 2014, but felt it was in the best interest of the police department and the city as a whole to retire now.

Jones' retirement announcement comes just days after city leaders began raising questions about a controversial video showing the August 10, 2013 arrest of Christina West.

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West is accused of drinking and driving and then crashing her car into a home in Killearn. Photos of West, taken hours after her arrest, show her bloody and bruised.

City commissioners have been critical of the officer's handling of the arrest.

City Manager Anita Favors Thompson has named Tom Coe, Assistant City Manger for Safety and Neighborhood Services, as the Acting Police Chief.

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