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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- An interim chief of police officially took over the Ferguson Police Department Thursday. Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff will serve as chief while the city conducts a national search for a permanent chief. He joined the Ferguson Police Department days before the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. Prior to that, he was working in St. Louis County. He replaces Tom Jackson, who resigned as chief of police last week.

The move comes after months of protesters calling for him to step down.

The shooting death of Brown sparked the protests, but according to a Department of Justice report, the fuel for the civil unrest was in place long before Aug. According to the report, Jackson’s department and the city’s courts targeted black residents and several racist emails were sent between employees.

Jackson is the 6th city employee to leave since the report was released. No word on when the national search for a permanent replacement will be complete.