Chief Jim Hyde announced his resignation in an e-mail to city officials late Tuesday night. Davis Mayor Ruth Asmundson says it was a surprise.
"I’m disappointed to see Chief Hyde leave Davis. He sent us this e-mail and then he’s leaving right away."
In the e-mail Hyde accused the agency responsible for overseeing civil rights violations in the city for making it harder to do his job.
Accusations of discrimination have dogged the Police Department but Hyde said commission members were trying to divide the community along racial and religious lines.
Davis civil rights activist Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald says Hyde wasn’t easy to work with.
"Instead of engaging in public dialogue over these very serious issues it seemed that Chief Hyde cut off communications with the commission and very groups in the community."
Hyde’s last day will be next Friday. He’s already accepted the City of Antioch’s offer to head their police Department.