Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee will resign from his position on Monday afternoon, only a month after he announced he was temporarily stepping down in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Lee is expected to announced his resignation at 4 p.m., according to local media reports. Lee stepped down temporarily in March from his position after being criticized for the department's handling of the investigation into Martin's death. Specifically, Lee had been under fire for not detaining or arresting Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, on the night of the unarmed 17-year-old's death.
"I'm aware that my role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction," Lee said in a news conference last month, adding that he hoped his temporary removal would restore "some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks."
News of Lee's resignation comes the same day Zimmerman was released from a Sanford jail on $150,000 bail. The former neighborhood watch volunteer is facing second-degree murder charges for his role in Martin's shooting, which he insists was done in self-defense.