Ferguson’s interim police chief resigns a month earlier than expected

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - The Interim Police Chief for the city of Ferguson's Police Department submitted his resignation. Andre Anderson was hired by the city in July 2015. His last day with the Department will be December 2nd.

The city's first African-American head of police was appointed to a six month contract. Sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they were not sure how long Anderson would serve once he was hired.  He is resigning a month earlier than expected.

Anderson says in a statement, "Many of our policing initiatives that have been implemented over the past few months will build a stronger relationship between the department and Ferguson residents.”

Anderson was put in charge of a department put in the national spotlight by August 2014 shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

Prior to heading the Ferguson Police Department, Anderson took a leave of absence from the Glendale, Arizona Police Department where he served as a commander. He will resume that position upon his departure.

Anderson was making about $125,000 in Glendale. Ferguson paid him about $52,500 for a six-month contract.

A nationwide search for a permanent Police Chief will begin immediately.