Darren Wilson will not receive severance package from Ferguson, Mo.

December 1st, 2014 by Staff

Ferguson Mayor Scott Knowles discusses Darren Wilson's resignation at a press conference.

(KMOV.com) FERGUSON, Mo. – Ferguson Mayor James Knowles announced that Darren Wilson will not receive a severance package following his resignation from the Ferguson Police Department.

Knowles spoke at a press conference Sunday morning, one day after the department says it received a resignation letter from Wilson. In the press conference, Knowles said the media received Wilson’s resignation letter before it was sent to the department.

According to city officials, they were unaware of any recent threats for Wilson’s resignation by a certain date. Talks regarding Wilson’s resignation started last week, when Chief Jackson and Wilson spoke for the first time since before Michael Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9.

Following the announcement, Knowles said new initiatives will be put into place to bridge the gap between the community and police. That includes a task force which will meet weekly to review complaints and provide input on policy and procedures. In addition, Ferguson Police Officers will receive $300 a month for living within the city limits beginning next year.

Knowles stressed the city would rebuild following the riots, fires and looting that have taken place in recent days.   

“Stay strong and don’t give up,” said Knowles. “We are here for you and will not leave you.”

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