In a move many saw coming since the election of a new mayor in November, the city of Toledo's police chief says he will retire from the force at the start of the new year.
The City of Toledo made the announcement Thursday morning, citing current Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs had "irreconcilable differences in policing philosophy" with Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins.
Chief Digg's final day will be Thursday, Jan. 2, coinciding with the end of Mayor Mike Bell's term.
Collins, a 27-year Toledo Police Department veteran, has said
one of his goals while in office
will be to improve public safety in the city of Toledo and shake up the department from the top. "There will be changes in the police department. We are going to go back to the fundamental roles of a police officer, and that's going to be beat integrity," he explained.
The Mayor-elect will have the opportunity to appoint a new chief that shares his approach to policing strategy, according to the city.
"We are going to reopen the Northwest District Station. I would like to move on that as rapidly as possible," Collins said. The substation, which housed officers policing a large portion of west Toledo, was closed by Mayor Bell in 2012. A measure to sell the building was voted down by Toledo City Council, keeping hopes alive that it would one day reopen.
Diggs is expected to pursue "other professional law enforcement" opportunities.
Collins is expected to announce a new police chief by Dec. 16.
Dan Wagner, from the TPPA police union, says he is disappointed at the resignation.
Wagner believes that Chief Diggs had the city moving in the right direction. He also says that the Chief did not want to vacate the position, but was willing to resign in order to forego the fight that would have surely happened if Collins took steps to remove him from the position.
Wagner says that, by stepping down, Diggs shows what a strong character he has, not subjecting the residents of Toledo to that battle.
Wagner says, "There would have been a bitter battle. Derrick took the high road. And instead of forcing a battle that would have taken place in public, he simply resigned."
Wanger says he knows who will be appointed to the position, but would not say who that is. Collins has said he will be announcing the change to that position, and others, on Monday as planned.
Wagner also says that we should expect the incoming chief of police to have a familiarity with the city.