(BOSTON HERALD) — Sanford police Chief Bill Lee, who stepped aside temporarily three months ago amid a national outcry over his department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting, was fired Wednesday night.

The city announced that City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. had dismissed Lee effective immediately.

“I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community,” Bonaparte said in a statement. “We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city.”

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