Cecil Smith offered police chief job in Trayvon Martin`s city

Elgin`s Cecil Smith offered police chief job in Trayvon Martin`s city

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ELGIN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Deputy Elgin Police Chief Cecil Smith has been offered the job of police chief in Sanford, Fla., the town where the Trayvon Martin shooting took place last year.

Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall told Sun-Times Media that Smith has been offered the job and said Smith is considering the offer but has not yet decided whether to accept it. Smith could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

Smith would succeed Chief Bill Lee, who was fired by Sanford officials after the "stand-your-ground" shooting of the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 drew national publicity and sparked racial controversy.

Smith, 51, has spent his whole law-enforcement career in Elgin after starting with the Elgin Police Department in 1988. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2008.

Smith was one of five finalists who traveled to Sanford earlier this month to meet with city leaders and residents about the job. The candidates had been chosen from 76 applicants.

Sanford has a population of 54,000, almost exactly half as big as Elgin. It is located near Orlando.

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