Former Panama City Police Chief David Slusser, who most recently has been the police chief of Monroe, North Carolina, has resigned that post effective immediately.
Slusser leaves the agency after serving only five months. The abrupt departure is another blow to a department shaken by recent controversies. The announcement came in a brief news release from city officials, who did not give a reason for Slusser's resignation.
Slusser took over the department in June. Town officials said they hoped he would renew stability and confidence in the force. Former Chief Bobby Hulk resigned and later said he felt forced out of his job by city officials.
Slusser, a 30-year veteran, was hired after a nationwide search drew a pool of 160 applicants. He served as Panama City Police Chief since 1993, retired and made an unsuccessful run for sheriff. His future plans are not known.