*Ferguson, Missouri’s police chief says he isn’t going anywhere.
Chief Tom Jackson and the town’s mayor are denying a CNN report that the he will step down as early as next week as the town awaits a grand jury decision on whether it will charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Ferguson’s mayor, James Knowles, told The Daily Caller that CNN — which cited unspecified government officials — told him the Department of Justice was the source of the claim.
CNN reported that those officials, who are familiar with local, state and federal investigations into the shooting, claimed Jackson would be replaced by St. Louis County’s police chief. But Jackson says the CNN report is false.
“Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated,” Jackson told CNN.
“[Chief Jackson] has NOT resigned, retired, been fired, period,” Knowles told The Daily Caller. “He is our chief.”
Jackson’s supposed replacement, St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar, also said he was unaware of any plans for him to take on the Ferguson job.
In its report last night, CNN said the replacement would be part of a larger plan to “reduce tensions” in the town ahead of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision on whether to charge Wilson.