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Jackson Police Chief Coleman announces resignation

Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days. Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days.

Chief Coleman, who has served with the Jackson Police Department for 24 years, says her resignation is effective June 30. Coleman adds she has advised Mayor Elect Chokwe Lumumba of her plans.

The 61-year-old has served in law enforcement for nearly 39 years, with the majority of that time being with JPD. Coleman says her plans are to "take it easy for a while," do some traveling and volunteer work.

Coleman's decision comes just weeks after Mayor Elect Lumumba's statement during his campaign for mayor that part of his plans for the City of Jackson included replacing the current police chief.

Jackson's Mayor-Elect Chokwe Lumumba expressed his concerns with the Jackson Police Department again as he announced his transition team Tuesday morning. The new executive committee -- a team that will help decide if Jackson's many agencies and departments are on the right track -- flanked Lumumba.

Lumumba said his concern is morale within the police department. He previously announced he would make changes at the top, replacing Chief Coleman.

"In the police department for instance, there is a moral problem. We have to work on that. They've are also some other departments that have signaled they have morale problems," Lumumba said.

Lumumba said the problems include shift changes. Lumumba didn't reveal who he will choose as the new police chief. Among other challenges, he cited not enough economic development going on inside the Capital City and businesses moving out.

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