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Former Mesa police chief Batista agrees not to talk about resignation

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PHOENIX – A settlement reached between Mesa and former police chief Ramon Batista will pay him six months’salary and prevent him from explaining why he resigned.

Batista stepped down Nov. 4 after two years in charge. His tenure was marked by a no-confidence vote from 95% of his officers earlier this year.

ABC15 reported Batista resigned by text.

He was allowed to keep his city-issued cellphone and was able to buy his service weapon, according to the agreement.

The agreement also stipulated that when asked about leaving, Batista, listed only as employee, “will state that he has chosen to resign and pursue other interests and opportunities and he thanks the city for the opportunity to serve …” and nothing else to the media.

When the city announced Batista’s abrupt departure, it said he “has given notice of his intent to leave the department to pursue personal interests and other professional opportunities.”

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