As part of the effort by Ferguson, Missouri, officials to reform the city's police department, Police Chief Thomas Jackson is expected to step down, according to government officials, CNN reported.
Jackson said on Tuesday that he isn't being pushed out, according to CNN. "Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated," he said. And Ferguson's mayor, James Knowles, said there's no plan in place for the police chief to step down.
When asked whether the federal government was pressuring the city to force out the police chief, Knowles said, according to CNN: "People have been saying that for months, I mean for him to step down. But we've stood by him this entire time. So there is no change on that."
After Jackson exits, city leadership would ask the St. Louis County police chief to take over management of Ferguson's police force, according to reports.
The announcement, which could arrive as early as next week, would be a step in what Ferguson officials hope will help calm the volatile situation in the city, the CNN wrote. The public is awaiting a decision on whether the St. Louis County grand jury will bring charges against Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.