SANFORD, FLA. -- Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee is keeping his job, at least for the time being.
At the end of a swiftly-called meeting of the mayor and city commissioners, it was voted to turn down the chief's offer of resignation.
A vote of no confidence, however, remains in effect.
Lee has been a lightning rod for the city ever since the Trayvon Martin case took headlines, and he has stepped down temporarily.
Martin, an unarmed teenager, was shot in late February, and neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is facing charges of second degree murder in the case.
Zimmerman claims he acted in self defense.
Lee said he wanted to step down until the case was settled, but officials said Monday that he chose to make his resignation permanent.
Sanford Police Capt. Darren Scott has been serving as acting police chief while city officials search for an interim police chief.
The announcement of Lee's decision to resign comes after the weekend that George Zimmerman was released from jail until an appearance scheduled for late May.
Lee had been in office for 10 months, having won election to the post on a platform of cleaning up a police force that had been rife with reports of abuse of authority.