BREAKING: Peoria Police Chief stepping down

PEORIA, Ill. - Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell is stepping down from his position.

A statement from City Manager Patrick Urich says Mitchell is retiring from the Peoria Police Department, effective immediately. Assistant Chief Loren Marion will be named Acting Police Chief.

Mitchell released the following statement:

It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of our community, but it is time to move on to new opportunities. The department will continue their legacy of outstanding service.

City council members say they were notified of the change in an email from City Manager Patrick Urich Friday morning.

Council members say the email didn't include a reason for Mitchell's departure. The Peoria Journal Star reports the move is due to complaints of inappropriate behavior involving a female subordinate.

Mitchell joined the Police Department in 1991. In 2014, he spent three months as Interim Chief after then-Chief Steve Settingsgaard stepped down. In September 2014, the city called off a nationwide search for a chief and gave Mitchell the title.

Two officer-involved shooting deaths occurred under Mitchell's watch. Twice during his time as Chief, he was faced with budget cuts amid city financial issues.

This story will be updated.

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