Embattled Surprise police chief announces resignation

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A month after being put on paid administrative leave, Dan Hughes, the embattled police chief of Surprise, said he is resigning.

Hughes released a statement on Wednesday, saying offered his resignation "in the best interests of the community and the department."

The leave and subsequent decision to resign came after the Surprise Police Employees Association filed a letter of no confidence in Hughes. That letter was support by nearly 80 percent of his staff.

The letter cited Hughes' apparent lack of awareness in regards to employee issues. It also accused Hughes of inconsistently disciplining officers and pointed out overall morale problems in the department.

The Department of Public Safety is looking into the allegations raised in that letter.

Assistant Surprise Police Chief Mark Schott was named acting chief when Hughes was placed on leave. Schott will serve as interim chief once Hughes' resignation become official.