Embattled Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris retired after being sidelined in his job as police chief and facing constant fire from critics, the Arizona Republic reports. Harris’ departure had been rumored in recent weeks. Mayor Phil Gordon said he regretted the retirement, calling it a lamentable result of “vindictive” political maneuvering.
City officials said they will likely launch a national search for Harris’ replacement, Harris was removed from direct authority over the Police Department on March 3, after six years at its helm. The reassignment came amid a controversy over crime statistics that the department used to get a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fight kidnappings and home invasions. Some in the police department questioned the numbers used to justify the grant.