COSTA MESA — Police Chief Chris Shawkey, who had been placed on paid leave by the former city manager, confirmed Tuesday that he has resigned.
Shawkey did not give a reason for his departure, but he had been under fire for travel vouchers indicating he may have expensed mileage for personal trips to Arizona, where he lived prior to accepting the job here.
"I'm proud of the job I've done in my four years at the department, no matter what others may think," he wrote in an e-mail. "I was lead representative on several highly controversial issues for the city, including illegal immigration, day laborers, the massage parlor moratorium and medical marijuana.
"I never shied away from the difficult issues, and I always told people the truth. Even if it wasn't what they wanted to hear."
Shawkey and then-Capt. Ron Smith were put on leave by then-City Manager Allan Roeder in November.