- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police union officials have voted to remove the union’s outgoing president before his resignation takes effect at the end of the month.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/29Xgep9 ) that Ron Smith had announced his resignation from the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Tuesday, days after he posted a controversial Facebook message following the Dallas police shootings. He said he had become a distraction and would step down July 31.

But the union said in a news release Thursday its board of directors decided to end Smith’s term immediately because of his recent comments to the media.

In response, Smith said “I’ve already resigned, and whatever they’re going to do, they’re going to do.”

Smith will return to detective duties, a position he held before becoming president of the guild in 2014.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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