Sanford police Chief Bill Lee, who has been under heavy criticism in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, met with the city manager this morning to discuss his termination, a friend said.
Details of his departure haven't been completed, longtime Lee friend Sara Brady said.
WOFL-Channel 35 has reported that Lee, who stepped aside temporarily, was fired outright, and an official announcement is expected Thursday.
On April 23, the Sanford City Commission rejected Lee's resignation, just a month after it voted "no confidence" in him.
Lee gave his resignation to City Manager Norton Bonaparte just hours before a City Commission meeting. Bonaparte told commissioners that the resignation of the chief would help the city move ahead after weeks of controversy.
But by a 3-2 vote, the commission decided not to accept Lee's resignation, which would have included severance pay.
Mayor Jeff Triplett was joined by Commissioners Patty Mahany and Randy Jones in rejecting Lee's resignation.
Since the incident, Zimmerman has maintained that he acted in self defense.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey later charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder for the shooting death of the teenager.
About a week after Lee's resignation was rejected, Richard Myers, the former police chief in Colorado Springs, Colo., was hired as the interim police chief.
Myers, 57, has vowed to be a "bridge builder" with the city's black community.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon's family, declined immediate comment, hoping to gather more details of Lee's permanent dismissal. Crump decried the Commission's decision in April to reject Lee's resignation. Crump said Lee's dismissal was necessary to "start the healing process in Sanford."
During an NAACP forum in Sanford last week, Trayvon's parents appealed to a crowd of about 100 people to press for Lee's firing and an investigation into the Sanford Police Department.
"You can't heal with the same people in place," said Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father. "If Chief Bill Lee is hired back, the same things are going to happen."
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