Lt. Tim Swinney of the Jacksonville Police Department has resigned, according to Jacksonville City Manager Mo Raissi.

“He gave his two weeks notice this (Tuesday) morning,” Raissi said. “He is reporting for work tomorrow, and he is going to go to the old police department and go through some police supplies for us.”

Swinney told the Daily Progress on Saturday he was on personal leave for a stress-related problem and high blood pressure since April 11.

Swinney, who has been with JPD for just more than 20 years, said in a letter to Raissi, “My professional career is carrying me in a more positive direction.”

Swinney declined comment to the Daily Progress about his resignation, adding that technically, he is retiring.

In the letter, Swinney requested compensation for his remaining vacation, holiday, compensatory time and bonus pay upon his leave.

“After prayerful consideration and countless hours of complex decision making, myself and my family feel we have made the right choice,” the letter stated. “I have the utmost respect for the City of Jacksonville and all its staff. I wish you all the very best of luck.”

Bill Rathburn, who was commissioned by the city to conduct a review of the department after complaints from citizens and JPD staff, wrote, “Patrol Lieutenant Tim Swinney seems to have done nothing to successfully offset Chief (Mark) Johnson’s failures and, in fact, may have exacerbated them by his negative management style and his own leadership failures.”

Raissi did not wish to respond to Rathburn’s comments about Swinney, and Rathburn was unavailable for further comment.

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