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Vizzusi no longer Lincoln's chief of police

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Brian Vizzusi is no longer Lincoln’s police chief, as of Feb. 18, according to City Manager Jim Estep. The police chief has been on paid leave since at least Jan. 14. There have been many rumors about his job status called into the News Messenger. Vizzusi was granted an additional two weeks of paid leave Jan. 22 “in order to attend to some difficult family issues which have affected his relationship with his staff,” according to a statement issued by the city’s public information officer Jill Thompson. Since Jan. 21, the city manager and City Council would not discuss any factors regarding Vizzusi’s leave and job status. City officials said he was “on vacation,” and later it became a “personnel matter.” The rumors have run the gamut of Vizzusi receiving a vote-of-no-confidence from the Police Officers Association to the City Council and City Manager voting to remove the police chief from his job. “The personnel decisions leading up to this agreement are required to remain strictly confidential,” City Attorney Tim Hayes said. “We appreciate Chief Vizzusi’s service to the community and wish him well.” Vizzusi joined the city of Lincoln police force in August 2004 as a lieutenant, and was promoted to police chief in July 2006, according to Estep. Lt. Paul Shelgren is acting police chief.