Detroit Would Do Professional Search for Chief if Godbee Quits


Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. is expected to resign over allegations that he carried on an affair with an Internal Affairs officer, a city councilman tells the Detroit Free Press. Godbee, just back from the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in San Diego, wouldn’t comment, but Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said that the chief — suspended for 30 days by Mayor Dave Bing on Tuesday — would resign.

The scandal broke Tuesday after Officer Angelica Robinson revealed that she and Godbee had been in a relationship. Her attorney David Robinson said the affair had gone on for “many months.” If the chief resigns, changes to the city charter voted on last year will make the selection process for a new top cop different this time around. The Board of Police Commissioners would conduct a professional search with either a qualified executive search firm or other entity to find candidates. Then, subject to City Council approval, the mayor would appoint a chief from that list of candidates.

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