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Neptune Beach interim police chief resigns

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NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. – The city of Neptune Beach plans to have a new police chief in place by the first February city council meeting after its interim police chief resigned.

Tony Carillo submitted his resignation Monday after the city announced that it would be looking for his replacement. The resignation, which is effective Jan. 29, comes after 31 years with the Neptune Beach Police Department.

Carillo said he knew that he was retiring in 19 months and did not apply for the job on a permanent basis. He said he'd hoped to finish out his career as the interim chief. But the city wants to move ahead finding a permanent chief.

Former police chief David Sembach left the department in October after several controversies, including the well-publicized arrest of a local musician and allegations that he was aggressive toward fellow city employees.