The Beverly Hills Police Department’s chief, Sandra Spagnoli, suddenly retired this week following years of employee lawsuits, settlements, and jury awards that have cost residents more than $7-million.

The City said in a statement Saturday her last day would be May 15.

“I am grateful to have served Beverly Hills and proud of the accomplishments over the past 4 years to keep this world-class community one of the safest in the nation,” Spagnoli said in a prepared quote.

Several law enforcement and other sources said that Spagnoli was notified earlier in the week she had until Friday, April 24, to resign or face possible termination. 

Spagnoli, hired in 2016 as the city’s first female chief with a salary and benefits topping $500,000 a year,

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