More than two years ago, Delrish Moss, a former Miami police officer, was handpicked to be the Ferguson police chief in Missouri in the wake of the controversial police shooting death of Michael Brown.
However earlier this week, Moss resigned from that top spot and announced he’d be coming back home.
“It is with gratitude and mixed emotions that I offer this letter of resignation from my position as Chief of Police, for the City of Ferguson, Missouri,” Moss wrote in his resignation letter. “During my time here, I truly feel that we have made great strides on the path to fulfilling themission that I set before us on my arrival nearly two and a half years ago.”
According to the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, Moss is coming back to South Florida to help care for his sick mother.
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“We’ve been very appreciative of his efforts here,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III told the newspaper. “He came here with an open mind, and I think he learned to really embrace the community even though it was not very welcoming when he got here.”
It’s still unclear if he will return to the the Miami Police force.
Moss, who beat out 53 other candidates for the job, became Ferguson’s chief in May 2016. Before that he had served as a police officer at the Miami Police Department since 1984. He quickly rose through the ranks. After working as a detective in the homicide unit, he took over media and community relations in the late 90s.
Moss, left to Ferguson after Michael Brown, a black and unarmed 18-year-old, was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson in 2014. The months that followed sparked endless unrest and helped spark the national Black Lives Matter movement.
Moss spent much of his time in Missouri helping to implement reforms, including some mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice over racial bias concerns uncovered after Brown’s death, according to the Associated Press.