Records: Sanford paying for 2 police chiefs

Chief Bill Lee remains on paid administrative leave


SANFORD, Fla. – The Seminole County branch of the NAACP will ask for the firing of Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who stepped down temporarily after the Trayvon Martin death investigation in February.

Lee was put under fire after the Sanford Police Department decided not to arrest Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, who is currently in jail awaiting his second bond hearing.

Local 6 obtained records dated last Friday detailing negotiations between the city and Lee. Records show Lee was given three options on March 22-he could resign, he could let the city manager decide his fate, or he could go on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Lee took the third option, meaning Sanford is paying two chiefs, including one who is not working.

Documents show Lee is willing and able to return to the position whenever the city calls him back. The city selected Chief Richard Myers of Colorado Springs as the interim police chief.