By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - The police chief of New Jersey’s second largest city is being removed from the post after less than a year.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says Police Chief Robert Cowan will return to his civil service position as deputy police chief after a mandatory 20-day notification period.

Fulop sent letters on Wednesday to Cowan and the city council thanking Cowan for his service and highlighting some of the reasons for his removal.

Fulop cited low morale among police, allegations that Cowan refused to implement structural changes and concern over the number of lawsuits against Cowan alleging political retaliation as reasons for his removal.

Fulop, who has been mayor for one year, says Cowan’s removal is the first of “several planned administration changes.”

Attempts to reach Cowan Wednesday were not successful.

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