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UPDATE: Former Appleton chief will serve in Sanford, FL

APPLETON (WKOW) -- A former Appleton police chief will step into the middle of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

Richard Myers has been appointed interim police chief of Sanford, Florida. Myers will begin his job in Sanford at the end of the week. Myers was Appleton's chief for nearly 12 years and left in 2007 to head the police department in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired last fall.

Sanford's current chief, Bill Lee, stepped aside from his job several weeks after Martin's death. The 17-year-old was fatally shot in February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense. The lack of an arrest for 44 days led to nationwide protests about the handling of the racially-charged case.

Zimmermann was charged in April with second-degree murder.

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SANFORD, Fla. (WKOW) -- The Florida city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot has a new interim police chief.

Richard Myers was named interim police chief of Sanford, Florida. on Tuesday. He is a former police chief of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sanford police chief Bill Lee remains on paid leave after stepping aside after Martin's death. City commissioners rejected his offer to resign last week amid several reviews of the case.

Martin was fatally shot in February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Sanford police officers didn't immediately arrest Zimmerman because he claimed self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

The lack of an arrest for 44 days led to protests nationwide. A state prosecutor last month charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

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