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Mayor: Akron police chief asked to resign after evidence of 'conduct unbecoming of an officer'

Posted August 28

— Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced Monday the reasons behind his request for the resignation of Akron Police Chief James Nice.

On Sunday, the mayor announced that he has accepted Chief Nice's resignation.

During a news conference Monday, Mayor Horrigan said he asked for the resignation after being informed of "evidence of conduct unbecoming of an officer, inappropriate contact with a city employee and potential criminal misconduct" by Chief Nice.

According to the mayor, the potential criminal misconduct involved the police chief's nephew. All information regarding the potential criminal misconduct is being forwarded to the county prosecutor.

The mayor also said Chief Nice made derogatory comments toward a city employee.

Mayor Horrigan also said Monday that the resignation is completely unrelated to the case involving the Akron teenager who shot and killed himself while in police custody.

Chief Nice was sworn in as Akron Police Chief on June 3, 2011.

Mayor Horrigan appointed Kenneth Ball as provisional Chief of Police.

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