Tempe City Manager felt new leadership was needed at police department

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — We’re learning more about why Tempe’s first female police chief is stepping down.In a letter to the department, Chief Sylvia Moir said, “…In conversations with City Manager Andrew Ching, he has been clear about who should finish the work and who should have a seat at the table for the reforms desired. These conversations have culminated in making the difficult decision to resign from my position as Police Chief of Tempe…”


 Her last day will be October 25. 

Moir first assumed the role in March 2016. Her last day will be Oct. 25. Her resignation comes at a time when Tempe has been working on police reform. “Generally speaking, to date she has embraced a lot of those reforms,” said Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching.

Ching said he wants a chief who knows reform will be a process and takes time.”Knowing what I know, in my position, you have to evaluate the full palette of strengths and weaknesses that every person brings to the job. A lot about policing and the conversation about policing has changed just in this year, ever since the murder of George Floyd,” said Ching. “Those discussions and protests going on around …

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