As reported by, Camden’s police director has resigned just one month after he was appointed to the $100,000-a-year position. Mayor Dana Redd said she had accepted “with much regret” the resignation of Lanuel J. Ferguson.

Camden’s City Council had refused to confirm Ferguson’s appointment. Council members said Redd hired him without their consent. They argued that his salary could be better used for hiring back patrol officers laid off by the cash-strapped city.

The 59-year-old Ferguson is a former high-ranking officer in the New Jersey State Police. Redd hired Ferguson primarily to represent the city’s interests in an ongoing effort to create a regional police force for Camden County. Police Chief Scott Thomson was to continue running the department’s day-to-day operations while Ferguson focused on finances and strategy.