Testy Exchanges Between Montgomery Police Chief and Mayor During Chief's Retirement Announcement
Montgomery Police Chief, Kevin Murphy, is retiring, but not because he wants to. We broke the news on Friday that Murphy would be retiring, but no one could have predicted the testy news conference with Murphy and Mayor Todd Strange disagreeing on the chief's job performance.
The joint presser was made at city hall. Chief Murphy says to his understanding, the reason the Mayor is having him retire is because of leadership management issues. He says he was shocked when the city came to him about issues he was unaware of on June 13 -- the same day he was put on administrative leave.
It's been more than a week of unanswered questions about the fate of Police Chief, Kevin Murphy. Murphy and Mayor Todd Strange stood side by side to announce the retirement after Murphy's 28 years in law enforcement. He spent the last three years as police chief.
Murphy says he was not ready to retire, but Strange says one reason for his leave is because of differences in opinion. He says current and former police officers also contacted him with information.
Murphy also mentioned another incident where Public Safety Director, Chris Murphy, cancelled the department's Christmas party at the Renaissance Hotel.
The mayor says Murphy will retire on September 30, until then he will stay on paid administrative leave. But Murphy did make it clear -- he says it's not the last time we'll be seeing him. He's not done yet.