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Montgomery police chief resigns

Daryl Albert resigns after a bumpy two years on the job, and with allegations of sexual harassment still following him.

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Montgomery Police Chief Daryl Albert has resigned, a source close to city officials told APR on Thursday afternoon. 

The source said Albert, who has been on administrative leave for the past two weeks, offered his resignation on Thursday morning and city officials accepted it early in the afternoon. 

To say that Albert’s brief tenure – he’s been on the job only since March 2022 – has been tumultuous would be an understatement. In addition to dealing with a rising crime issue, Albert was the subject of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former police officer, Rene Helton. 

Helton claimed that Albert initiated her termination after she spurned his sexual advances. She offered proof of those advances and filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against Albert. 

The city acknowledged that Albert had been placed under investigation following Helton’s complaints, but a source said issues with discipline and filing of complaints against senior officers that later turned out to be false had hampered the investigation. 

But in early April, a source told APR that additional information was gathered by city investigators, including evidence of more allegations of sexual harassment by Albert, and that led to Albert being placed on administrative leave. 

The story is developing, and APR will update with more information when it becomes available.

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Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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