The Aurora city manager fired the city’s police chief Wednesday, saying that areas of the department needed “refocused attention.”
The decision follows weeks of speculation as to the future of Chief Vanessa Wilson, who took the top post in 2020.
“It is clear that Chief Wilson has prioritized community involvement,” Twombly said in a news release. “However, the police chief also needs to effectively manage the operations of the department, effectively engage with staff, build morale and validate employee feedback. To provide the level of public safety that our community deserves, a change in leadership must occur.”
Wilson’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.
Division Chief Chris Juul will take over operations at the police department while the city management teams names an interim chief. The city will also start a nationwide search for a permanent chief.
Twombly will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. to discuss his decision.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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