Birmingham Police Chief Resigns

Nov 30, 2017

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper

The Birmingham Police Department is looking for a new leader after the current chief announced he’s resigning.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper announced yesterday that he will be resigning his post. Roper says he will stay for the next few months as Mayor Randall Woodfin begins a search for his replacement.

Woodfin heavily criticized the way Birmingham is policed on the campaign trail, leaving much speculation that Roper's job could be in jeopardy.

In a statement, Roper says after a "considerable amount of prayer" he and his family decided he would not reapply for the job, as the new administration has requested of all department heads.

Roper has held the post for 10 years. He began his law enforcement career 32 years ago with the Montgomery Police Department.

Woodfin held a news conference yesterday afternoon discussing "personnel and transition-related matters".