Jerusalem District Police Chief Yossi Pariente announced his resignation on Sunday. The move came as a surprise, as Pariente was considered a front-runner in the race to succeed Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.
Pariente, 49, thanked his counterparts and insisted that his sudden resignation was not the result of any misdoings.
“There is no reason for my decision to retire — no internal investigation, complaint, anonymous letter or skeleton in the closet,” he said in a statement.
Pariente said the decision stemmed from “a variety of personal reasons,” but primarily that he was “not built for the mudslinging” that’s associated with the campaign for police commissioner.
“I am a man of hard work — I do not want to be a part of this dirty game,” he continued.
“I have severe and harsh things to say, but I’m not going to show ingratitude [toward the police]… The most important thing for me is to keep my good name.”
The news came two-and-a-half weeks after Central District Police Chief Bruno Stein, another top candidate for the commissioner job, abruptly resigned from office.
Stein resigned shortly after Haaretz reported that he was spotted at a party thrown by Ronel Fisher, an Israeli attorney under investigation for allegedly bribing multiple police officials.