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Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson not resigning despite suggestion from city manager, attorney says

According to Wilson's attorney, she has no intention to leave her position despite City Manager Jim Twombly suggesting a strategy for her resignation.

AURORA, Colo. — Aurora Police Department Chief Vanessa Wilson will not resign from her position, her attorney told 9Wants to Know Thursday.

According to Wilson's attorney, she has no intention to leave her position despite City Manager Jim Twombly suggesting a strategy for her resignation.

When asked about reports of a possible resignation, the City of Aurora released the following statement:

“We are aware of the news coverage regarding Chief Wilson, but it remains wholly improper for us to engage in external, speculative conversations on any personnel matters. As we previously stated, we are focused on comprehensive public safety changes that are in the best interests of our community and employees.”

> Video above from Oct. 2021: Aurora police chief answers criticism that she's doing too much work away from the office.

Wilson became interim police chief in the beginning of 2020 after 23 years with the department amid controversy including the death of Elijah McClain, a photo scandal related to his death and criticism over the department's response to protests related to his death.

She was appointed to the full-time position in August 2020 in a 10-1 vote by the Aurora City Council.

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Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson

Twombly recommended Wilson for the position. While the majority of council members voted in favor of Twombly's recommendation, many expressed reservations about Wilson. However, councilmembers said they felt a 'no' vote would not lead to better alternatives.  

Wilson is the first woman to serve as the department's police chief in an interim or fulltime role.

During her two years in office, Wilson has fired numerous officers for misconduct, including the head of one of the police unions.

RELATED: Aurora police union president fired from department over inflammatory email

She has been charged with reforming the department, which has been under heavy scrutiny following several high profile cases, including the death of McClain.

Wilson is now in charge of implementing the state-ordered consent decree, which aims to make significant changes to many of the department's practices and policies.  

Her lawyer says Wilson's reform efforts have clearly made enemies, some of whom are now trying to get rid of her.

"This is coming from a concerted effort by certain members in leadership in the city of Aurora who have waged a campaign against Chief Wilson and the deputy chief to essentially cast criticism on all the efforts Chief Wilson has made to enforce the consent decree," said Paula Greisen, Wilson's attorney.

RELATED: Aurora City Council approves consent decree

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