Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee — the police chief of the department responsible for handling the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case — was fired yesterday, city officials confirm. Lee has been on paid leave since March 22, when he declared himself a “distraction” from the high-profile, racially-charged case. He attempted to hand in his resignation a month later, but it was rejected by a 3–2 vote from the Sanford City Commission. “I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city. The police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community,” Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a statement. Bonaparte has not yet clarified why this decision was able to proceed without another City Commission vote.