Embattled Lawrence police chief resigns in ‘mutual decision’

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Embattled Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. is resigning, just months after most members of the police union approved a no-confidence vote against him. Burns’ tenure with the department will officially end June 12.

A separation agreement says Burns and the city reached a mutual decision that he would step down.

He will receive a lump sum payment equal to nine months of pay. Capt. Anthony Brixius, a nearly 17-year veteran of the department, will begin serving as interim chief immediately.

The Lawrence Police Officers Association approved a vote of no confidence in Burns in January but has never explained what prompted the vote.

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