LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The chief of police for the nation’s second-largest school district has resigned just one day after board officials voted to slash his department’s budget.
Los Angeles School Police Chief Todd Chamberlain tendered his resignation Wednesday. A Los Angeles Unified School District spokesperson confirmed the resignation.
Officials say more information on what they’re calling the “department leadership transition will be forthcoming.”
The Board of Education voted Tuesday night to slash the school police budget by $25 million, or roughly 35%.
Chamberlain released a statement that read, in part:
“In good conscience, and in fear for safety and well-being of those I serve, I cannot support modifications to my position, the organization and most importantly, the community (students, staff and families) that I believe will be detrimental and potentially life-threatening.”