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The City of Ypsilanti reports the resignation of its police chief

Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DeGiusti
City of Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DeGiusti

For the second time in a month, a police chief in Washtenaw County has resigned. Last month, it was Ann Arbor’s police chief. This week comes word that Ypsilanti’s police chief is stepping down.

Word about the resignation of police chiefTony DeGiusti came from the City Administrator, who said DeGiusti was resigning to explore different opportunities.

The city’s mayor, Lois Allen-Richardson, says the news took her off guard.

“Yes, it was a surprise. We know there had been some things that came out at the last council meeting about morale and the number of officers being down."

While she did not have complete details about the morale issue, she says it’s hard to have a good police department when the morale of the department is down.

Allen-Richardson says she thanks the chief for his service and for pushing the accreditation of Ypsilanti’s police department, and she wishes him well.

DeGiusti did not return our calls for comment.

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