San Diego police chief resigns after 11 years

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne says he is resigning in the midst of allegations that police officers committed sex crimes.

Lansdowne says Tuesday that he will step down next Monday — the same day that a new mayor is sworn in to head the nation's eighth-largest city.

Lansdowne says Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer didn't ask him to leave but the chief believes the time is right to step aside.

The 69-year-old Lansdowne has been on the job nearly 11 years, after five years as chief in San Jose.

Faulconer told the U-T San Diego newspaper Monday that he'll demand changes at the department, where in recent years three officers have been investigated over allegations of sexual misconduct.