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Lansing fire chief resigns after racial discrimination suit

Posted at 3:57 PM, Aug 18, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing’s fire chief has resigned after 16 months in the position and just days after a racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by multiple current and former Black city employees.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Michael Mackey formally gave his notice via email on Friday and said his resignation was unrelated to the lawsuit that was filed last week Wednesday.

In his resignation email provided by the city, Mackey says he is leaving for personal reasons and to pursue other professional opportunities.

The city has not yet released information about who might lead the department on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.