Ferguson, Missouri city manager John Shaw, who oversaw the city’s agencies that the Justice Department accused of discriminating systematically against residents who are African American, has resigned.
The resignation of Shaw was announced during a meeting of the City Council of Ferguson on Tuesday night. The council took a voted and unanimously accepted the resignation that was mutually agreed upon.
A scathing report by the Justice Department last week made accusations that Ferguson used courts and local police to generate revenue rather than to safeguard its citizens, a practice investigators claim fell the heaviest on the African American population.
The probe by the DOJ began after the unrest that started following the killing of an unarmed man by a police officer from the Ferguson Police Department.
The report details a number of instances where Shaw seemed overly pleased with the revenue from fines and fees generated by the courts that was rising.
When Shaw received word that the revenue in 2012 exceeded $2 million for only the first time he responded by saying, “Awesome, thanks.”
Shaw since 2007 was the city manager and said in his statement he had worked to make a better Ferguson.
On Tuesday, the room was filled to capacity and the crowd was divided equally between people who supported the leadership of the city and those who were looking to clean house.
Mayor James Knowles at a certain point had to take out his gavel and use it to calm down the rowdy room after one of the women there led her comment by saying most of the people in the room owed the man killed by police an apology.
Knowles said Pam Hylton the Assistant City Manager would continue carrying out administrative duties while the city conducts a search nationwide for a new manager.
He did not accept responsibility for the practices the DOJ noted in its report and referenced himself as a member of the city council rather that the mayor of the city.