Mayor, 2 others vote 'no confidence' in police chief

City commission discusses Sanford PD Chief Bill Lee's fate

SANFORD, Fla. - Sanford City Commission passed a motion of "no confidence" in the Sanford police chief at a meeting on Wednesday after the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The commission voted 3-2.

Mayor Jeff Triplett and Commissioners Velma Williams and Mark McCarty voted in favor of the motion.

McCarty said at the meeting that Chief Lee should step down.

Commissioner Patty Mahany and Commissioner Randy Jones disagreed with McCarty. They said they wanted to wait for all the facts before they vote on a recommendation to fire or require resignation.

Commissioner Velma Williams said she has mixed feelings about the motion. "You can't just arbitrarily fire employees unless you have a cause," Williams said.

City manager, Norton Bonaparte Jr. said the decision is now up to him. He said he won't make a decision on Chief Lee until he has all the facts which includes a review of the investigation and a review of the Sanford Police Department.

Sanford Police Department is under fire after officers didn't arrest the neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, 28, after he shot and killed Martin while Martin was walking from a store in Sanford after purchasing a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.

Wednesday's meeting was originally called to cover logistics of moving Monday's meeting to a new venue to prepare for more attendees.

The meeting will be at the civic center, which holds 600 people.

Trayvon Martin's family is expected to speak.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.

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