Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas announced Monday that he is retiring, which the city said is “effective immediately,” following criticism surrounding the department’s handling of a deadly white supremacist rally in the Virginia town this past summer.
Thomas, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who was appointed to the position in April 2016, said that “nothing in my career has brought me more pride than serving as the Police Chief for the City of Charlottesville.”
“I will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to protect and serve a community I love so dearly. It truly has been an unparalleled privilege to work alongside such a dedicated and professional team of public servants,” Thomas said Monday, according to a press release. “I wish them and the citizens of Charlottesville the very best.”
The police chief oversaw law enforcement operations on Aug. 12 when white supremacists took over the Virginia town’s Emancipation Park for a rally, which left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [contentcards url=”http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/18/charlottesville-police-chief-retiring-effective-immediately.html” target=”_blank”]