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City gets interim police chief after social media scandal

January 7, 2020 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington has a new interim police chief after the resignation of the previous chief who admitted using a fake Twitter account to heckle a critic.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Jennifer Morrison, who was sworn in Monday night. She will remain on job while the city conducts a nationwide search for a new, permanent police chief.

Former chief Brandon del Pozo resigned last month after admitting he used the fake account to heckle a critic. Acting chief Jan Wright was then placed on administrative leave after she disclosed she’d also created a fake social media account.

Morrison was a Burlington police officer for more than two decades, before she became chief in Colchester. She retired in 2018.