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November 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany City manager's Office has just issued a press release to report that Albany Police Chief James Younger has resigned, effective January 1, 2009.  No reasons were cited.

WALB News obtained a copy of what is called the resignation letter from Younger. It never states the chief is actually resigning. Rather that he is contemplating resigning.

Younger also asks for six-months severance pay and an agreement that City Manager Al Lott will not make any negative remarks about Younger to the media or potential employers.

In Lott's e-mail response, he accepted the resignation and set Younger's last day as January 1st.

Al Lott wouldn't say much about Younger's resignation. "The Chief of Police, Chief Younger, resigned, alright? And I have accepted his resignation, and it is effective January 1, 2009. In the meantime, I'll be meeting with him, and his deputies, with regard to transition, and sustaining our performance..."

It is not clear why Younger resigned or whether Lott forced him out.

But as WALB reported last week, Lott met with Younger recently to demand improvements in the Albany Police Department.

    • Here is the text of the release from City Manager Al Lott:

November 6, 2008 - Albany Police Chief James Younger has tendered his resignation effective January 1, 2009.  City Manager Alfred Lott has accepted.  Chief Younger cited no specific reasons for his decision.

Chief Younger has been in charge of APD for almost three years.  Accomplishments include bringing the force to full employment levels for the first time in many years.  He led an intensive internal assessment to determine areas of improvement and immediately initiated improvement plans once the assessment was completed.  He recently led the development of a staff proposal to create a specialized gang unit within APD that the Commission ultimately endorsed and the unit is now beginning to organize.  Finally, APD was just recognized as a Certified Law Enforcement Agency by the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program.

The City of Albany thanks Chief Younger for his service and commitment.

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You can view Chief Younger's resignation letter here, and City Manager Al Lott's memo here.

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