Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders Resigns

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Toronto police chief Mark Saunders announced his resignation Monday afternoon.

Saunders said he would step down from July 31.

“Thank you, Toronto, for working with me during my tenure,” Saunders said at a press conference.

“This is something that I will cherish forever. “

Saunders leaves office eight months before his contract expires in 2021. Saunders did not give a reason for leaving, but said he wanted to do things “free” for the city of Toronto.

“I’m a free agent now,” he said, adding with a smile, “I’m definitely going to work, because I don’t think my wife will want me in the house. “

He said he was looking forward to being a full-time dad and husband and added that his health was not a factor in his decision to leave.

“Family is the most important thing to me right now,” he said.

Saunders, the first black police chief in Toronto, was first appointed in April 2015. He has worked in the police force for over 35 years.

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