IMAGE: Timothy Johnson

Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson announced his resignation on Friday to run for Genesee County Sheriff.

His resignation was effective Friday, Nov. 8 at noon.

Johnson released the following statement:

“I would like to first thank Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver and the Flint City Council for the opportunity to serve as the Flint Police Chief, a great experience I will never forget,” Johnson wrote. “I truly enjoyed serving with some of Flint’s finest police officers protecting our community.”

Weaver sent a statement to TV5 saying in part, "I am proud of the work that Chief Johnson was able to accomplish with such limited resources. His service to this city has been invaluable and it was an honor to have him serve as my chief."

Johnson said Deputy Chief Devon Bernritter will act as interim chief until a permanent successor is appointed by the mayor. 

"I love this community. I love this county," Johnson said. "I have some serious goals for what I can do in this county as a top law enforcement official as far as crime reduction."

During his tenure as chief of police, Johnson said despite being understaffed, he is most proud of the work him and his officers accomplished together.

"In the beginning in 2016, we were number two in the nation for worst cities to live in. I stand proud on that record. We're not nowhere near that anymore. And it was all of the work, the backs of the Flint police officers that went out. It wasn't a me thing. It was a we thing," Johnson said.

In his next endeavor, Johnson hopes to continue that success at the county level.

"I'll be right back on the battlefield. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be right back on the battlefield," Johnson said.

Flint Mayor-Elect Sheldon Neeley will be tasked with picking Johnson's replacement when he is sworn in on Monday.

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