City Manager Remains Confident in Chief’s Leadership

After yesterday’s news conference surrounding the tragic in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez and Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus’ offer of resignation, City Manager Michael Ortega has told the Tucson Mayor and City Council that he will not be accepting the Chief’s resignation. The City Manager received support for Magnus from the majority of the council members.

”Under Chief Magnus’ leadership, our police department has developed into one of the most progressive in the country,” said Ortega in an email to the Council. “We still have work to do to continue transforming our police department to meet our community’s expectations.  I believe Chris’ leadership is exactly what we need during these difficult times.”  Under Arizona law and the Tucson Charter, removal of the police chief falls to the city manager.